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

Technical Design Workshop Planned

The MA Board invited Harold Mooney (Stanford University, USA) and Angela Cropper (Cropper Foundation, Trinidad and Tobago), to serve as the co-chairs of the Assessment Panel. The Assessment Panel, which will be comprised of the chairs of the MA Working Groups, will be the body that carries out the work of the Assessment.

The first technical design workshop for the MA is scheduled for April 8-11, 2001, hosted by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Holland. This workshop will be a preparatory meeting for the technical work of the Millennium Assessment. Participants will review the goals and approach for each of the proposed working groups and prepare preliminary draft outlines and workplans for those groups. The second technical design workshop - a larger meeting involving the core members of each of the four working groups - is tentatively scheduled for September 2001.

Plans are also being finalized for a workshop on "Remote Sensing and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment" tentatively scheduled for October 2001 at Yale University. This will be co-sponsored by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and potentially by remote sensing agencies in other countries.

In September 2000, President Clinton stated to the Security Council at the Millennium General Assembly of the United Nations that the United States would commit support to the MA process with data from its TERRA, SeaWifs and Landsat satellites. (These data have been valued as an in-kind contribution of some $60 million.)