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

Fundraising Update

Cash and in-kind contributions now cover more than 80% of the core budget of $21.1 million, allowing the process to formally begin in April, 2001. The GEF, UN Foundation, Packard Foundation, World Bank, UNEP, Government of Norway, Rockefeller Foundation, and NASA have made financial contributions with in-kind contributions from NASA, World Bank, UNEP, FAO, UNESCO, and UNDP. However, the remaining fundraising challenge is still significant. Until the full budget is secured, nearly one third of the funding already committed to the project (from GEF) is unavailable. Because the costs of the first (design) year will be relatively low, the process will not be significantly slowed by the absence of GEF funding during this first year. Almost all of the remaining funds needed are for the sub-global components of the Assessment.