Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Strengthening Capacity to Manage Ecosystems Sustainably for Human Well-Being

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA)?
What are the main findings of the MA?
What is new about the MA findings?
Has the MA identified major gaps in knowledge?
Where are the uncertainties too large to provide useful input to decision-makers?
Are the MA findings optimistic or pessimistic?
What impact does the MA hope to have?
How did the MA start?
When did the MA begin? How long did the assessment take?
How was the MA governed?
How was the work of the MA done?
What institutions were involved in the MA’s distributed secretariat?
How much did the MA cost, and who funded it?
What products are available from the MA?
How did the MA ensure the accuracy and scientific integrity of its findings?
What were some of the innovations of the MA?
Where are the sub-global assessments? How were they selected?
Did the MA conduct new research?
What happens next? Will the MA be repeated?
How was the MA related to other international assessments, such as the Global Environment Outlook (GEO), IPCC and the Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA)?