Overview of Reports

The MA synthesized information from the scientific literature and relevant peer-reviewed datasets and models. It incorporated knowledge held by the private sector, practitioners, local communities, and indigenous peoples. The MA did not aim to generate new primary knowledge, but instead sought to add value to existing information by collating, evaluating, summarizing, interpreting, and communicating it in a useful form.

Living Beyond Our Means: Natural Assets and Human Well-being (Statement of the MA Board)

The Board of Directors governing the MA process has developed an interpretation of the key messages to emerge from the assessment.

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Synthesis Reports

The first set of products presenting the findings of the assessment consists of one over-arching synthesis and 5 others that interpret the MA findings for specific audiences. The MA, World Resources Institute, and Island Press published these reports.
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Ecosystems & Human Well-being: Synthesis Download now Order now
Ecosystems & Human Well-being: Biodiversity Synthesis Download now N/A
Ecosystems & Human Well-being: Desertification Synthesis Download now N/A
Ecosystems & Human Well-being: Opportunities & Challenges for Business & Industry Download now
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Ecosystems & Human Well-being: Wetlands & Water Download now N/A
Ecosystems & Human Well-being: Health Synthesis Download now N/A
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Global & Multiscale Assessment Reports


A third set of reports, comprised of about 32 official and associated sub-global assessments were released from late 2005 to 2006, and were published by the sub-global assessment teams themselves. Reports on the assessment of southern Africa were released in September 2004. 
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Current State and Trends View chapters Order now
Scenarios View chapters Order now
Policy Responses View chapters Order now
Multiscale Assessments View chapters Order now
Our Human Planet (Summary for Decision Makers)   Order now
Five-Volume Set   Order now
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Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: A Framework for Assessment

In late 2003, the MA and Island Press published “Ecosystems and Human Well-being: A Framework for Assessment.” The book lays out the assumptions, processes and parameters that were used in the MA. 
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Ecosystems and Human Well-being View chapters Order now
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