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

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  1. How have ecosystems changed?
  2. How have ecosystem services and their uses changed?
  3. How have ecosystem changes affected human well-being and poverty alleviation?
  4. What are the most critical factors causing ecosystem changes?
  5. How might ecosystems and their services change in the future under various plausible scenarios?
  6. Why are both global and sub-global assessments of ecosystem change useful?
  7. How do ecosystems change across time?
  8. What options exist to manage ecosystems sustainably?
  9. What are the most important uncertainties hindering decision-making concerning ecosystems?
  10. Conclusion: main findings

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Release Schedule for Reports

  1. Ecosystems and Human Well-being: A Framework for Assessment September 2003
  2. Board statement May 9, 2005
  3. Synthesis Report (general synthesis) May 9, 2005
  4. The Biodiversity Synthesis May 9, 2005
  5. The Desertification Synthesis June 17, 2005
  6. The Business and Industry Synthesis July 12, 2005
  7. The Wetlands Synthesis November, 2005
  8. Health Synthesis December, 2005
  9. Our Human Planet (summary volume) January, 2006
  10. Current State and Trends January, 2006
  11. Scenarios January, 2006
  12. Policy Responses January, 2006
  13. Multiscale Assessments January, 2006
  14. Bridging Scales and Epistemologies: Linking Local Knowledge and Global Science in Multiscale Assessments Early 2006