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Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Synthesis (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Series) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1597260404
ISBN-10: 1597260401
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The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment’s work is overseen by a 45-member Board of Directors, co-chaired by Robert Watson, Chief Scientist and Senior Advisor for the Environment of the Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network of the World Bank, and A.H. Zakri, director of the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies. The Assessment Panel, which oversees the technical work of the MA, includes 13 of the world’s leading social and natural scientists. It is co-chaired by Angela Cropper of the Cropper Foundation and Harold Mooney of Stanford University. Walter Reid is the director of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
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  • Series: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Series
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (May 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597260401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597260404
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In June 2001 the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment was launched under the auspices of the United Nations at the request of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The resulting effort has been a remarkable collaboration of over 1,300 blue ribbon scientists from 95 countries, a governing board of the broadest possible stakeholders--international organizations, financial institutions, health workers, governments, business leaders, NGOs, and indigenous peoples, and funding from broad and diverse quarters. The MA was tasked to "assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and to establish the scientific basis for actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and their contributions to human well-being." Scientific credibility, policy relevance, and well-being for all human beings guide the report. Their first product was Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: A Framework for Assessment (2003), which set out the conceptual and methodological foundations of the project.

The current Synthesis focuses on four core questions. How have ecosystems changed over the last 50 years? What have been the gains and losses? What are the prospects for the next 50 years? How might we reverse ecosystem degradation and enhance human well-being? In addition, the Synthesis reviews their findings on nine key questions, and then adds five appendices. Where needed, the report qualifies the "certainty" of their findings as "very certain, high, medium, low and very uncertain." Some losses, for example, are already irreversible. Nonlinear changes are more complicated to predict. Tradeoffs are quite common and shift responsibilities and costs to different stakeholders. Monetary-market values are important, but so are non-monetary-non-market ones.
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“Ecosystems and Human Well-being” (also known as “The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment”) is an extensive, multi-part report that details the adverse effects a burgeoning human population is having on the ecological health of our planet. With a clear framework, it synthesizes the current state of the science as well as providing lucid discussions of trends. Unlike some other reports that profess to discuss the state of ecosystems but then fail to deliver, The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment not only covers the underlying causes of the pending ecological meltdown, but also contains projections for the future under various scenarios and recommends policies that might help avoid worst cases. As a result, it is by far better than any other report out there. Best of all, The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment is available via the web (free) or in printed form (for a fee). To access this excellent report, just type “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment” into your search engine.
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Very informative and well documented.
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