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

Sub-global Working Group Assessment Report now available for review

The fourth and final full assessment report of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment – the Sub-global Working Group Assessment Report – is now available for comment.  Any interested individual is welcome to submit review comments.  Guidelines and a template for submitting comments are available here. Review comments should be submitted to by December 10, 2004. The Sub-global report assesses lessons from approximately 20 sub-global assessments, addressing issues such as multi-scale methodologies, cross-scale interactions, and the incorporation of traditional and local knowledge into an assessment process.

The second review of the three global reports (Condition and Trends, Scenarios, and Responses) was completed last September, when more than 200 authors and review editors gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to address the comments received. A total of 13,845 individual comments were received from 546 expert reviewers, 44 governments and 9 scientific organizations. MA authors are now working on the final versions of their chapters which will be finalized in March 2005. 

Coming soon: Synthesis reports for different audiences, consolidating information from all global and sub-global assessment reports, will be available for review in mid-November. The findings of the MA will be released in March 2005.

The review process offers a critical opportunity to participate and shape the world's most comprehensive effort to meet the needs of decision-makers and the public for scientific information concerning the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and options for responding to those changes.

An independent review board, chaired by Drs. José Sarukhán (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) and Anne Whyte (Mestor Associates Ltd., Canada) has been established by the MA to oversee the review process. Review Editors assigned to each chapter ensure that review comments are adequately addressed by the authors. Final drafts of all the reports will be submitted to the MA Board for approval in March 2005.

In the second round of review, comments were received on the three global reports from the governments of:

  • Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Canada,  Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, European Commission, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Moldova, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Seychelles, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.

Involving some 1,500 of the world's leading experts, the MA is a partnership among several international organizations, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Convention on Migratory Species, five UN agencies (WHO, FAO, UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP), the World Bank, and IUCN. It is governed by a high-level scientific Panel and a multi-stakeholder Board composed of these institutions plus government officials, the private sector, NGOs and indigenous peoples.