6 edition of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being found in the catalog.
August 15, 2003 by Island Press .
Written in English
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Figure 1. Involving eminent and numerous scientists as authors and expert reviewers and ensuring that all reports undergo expert peer review will help to ensure credibility. User engagement, communication, and capacity building occur throughout the entire assessment process. All rights reserved.
It is relatively easy for the administration of one province or country to ignore an assessment and report done by experts in another province or country, or for the CEO of a private company to ignore the findings of a report by a nongovernmental organization NGO. See Chapter 2 for further information on the importance and approaches for engaging users in the exploratory phase of the assessment. Terrestrial and freshwater systems are reaching the limits of their ability to absorb nitrogen. But the priority for the assessment is to inform decisions that are being faced or soon will be faced by decision makers, at a particular scale, and in a particular context. These include food, fiber, and other materials; the regulation of the climate and fresh water systems; underlying support systems such as nutrient cycling; and the fulfillment of cultural, spiritual, and aesthetic values.
It is not a formal assessment of the literature, but rather a scientifically informed presentation of the choices made by the assessment team in structuring the analysis and framing the issues. One ethical problem that requires a better differentiation of HWB relates to questions of justice, namely whose well-being is at stake, and how the provision of particular services might affect the well-being of different social groups in different and even opposing ways Daw et al. The authorizing environment is the set of institutions and individuals who see an assessment as being undertaken on their behalf and with their endorsement and engagement. The latter idea has increasingly gained importance in the environmental ethics literature, and is significant because it has moved the discussion away from a dichotomy between a utilitarian vs.
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An ecosystem services assessment can help build a bridge between the development and environmental communities by providing credible and robust information on the links between ecosystem management and the attainment of economic and social goals.
The level of involvement of particular expertise or disciplines might constrain the themes addressed by an assessment; the level of involvement of users or conflict between them might also constrain the questions being asked.
We here, following e. Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. It is important to note that HWB concepts and measures are neither static nor are they simply determined by individually derived values and choices, or the mere summation of these. The clarity that assessments have given to areas of real scientific uncertainty such as climate change in the s has been just as important in guiding policy as the clarity they have provided where there is broad scientific agreement.
They must not contradict the general idea of HWB but must leave room for place-specific situations and cultural perceptions, such as different cultures, beliefs, and traditions. An assessment of ecosystem services needs to consider both the ecosystems from which the services are derived and also the people who depend on and are affected by changes in the supply of services, thereby connecting environmental and development sectors.
It will help both in choosing among existing options and in identifying new approaches for achieving integrated management of land, water, and living resources while strengthening regional, national, and local capacities. In either case, a small "executive" committee is likely to provide the most effective day-to-day oversight of activities.
Early on, assessments should evaluate whether they meet these three criteria and, if not, take the steps necessary to incorporate them.
The book offers an overview of the project, describing the conceptual framework that is being used, defining its scope, and providing a baseline of understanding that all participants need to move forward.
Thus, the question of what is meant by, and what specifically constitutes, HWB, is of major importance in any application of the ES concept Summers et al. Defining scope and boundaries An assessment can be defined by its intended audience. Undertaking an ecosystem services assessment and taking the findings into account in policies and action can improve the long-term outcome of decisions.
In some instances it may be appropriate to stimulate or encourage demand for an assessment. Assessments should focus not only on what is known with certainty by the scientific community but also on what remains uncertain. While the broad definition should be binding for the whole project and be the basis for large-scale applications of the concept of HWB, within place-based applications the specific components of HWB will have to be determined together with the stakeholders.
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However, it is essential that the assessment practitioner also understand the decision-making context in which the study is being conducted and into which the findings may be taken on board.
It is relatively easy for the administration of one province or country to ignore an assessment and report done by experts in another province or country, or for the CEO of a private company to ignore the findings of a report by a nongovernmental organization NGO.
It will also improve policy and decision-making at all levels through improved collaboration between natural and social scientists, and between scientists and policy-makers. The volume pays particular attention to the current health of key ecosystems, including inland waters, forests, oceans, croplands, and dryland systems, among others.
Representing the baseline and framework for ongoing assessments of ecosystem and human well-being on a variety of scales around the world, Multiscale Assessments provides students, researchers, and policy-makers with the most comprehensive methodology for assessing ecosystems at local, national, and regional scales.
They certainly do. Richly illustrated with maps and graphs, Current State and Trends presents an assessment of Earth's ability to provide twenty-four distinct services essential to human well-being. The chapter begins with an overview of such assessments—what they are and why they are useful—and then provides a summary of the step-by-step process for conducting an assessment.
See Chapter 2 for further information on the importance and approaches for engaging users in the exploratory phase of the assessment. The size and composition of the Steering Committee will of course vary, depending on the scope of an assessment.Ecosystems and Human Well-Being is the first product of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a four-year international work program designed to meet the needs of decisionmakers for scientific information on the links between ecosystem change and human well-being.
The book offers an overview of the project, describing the conceptual framework that is being used, defining its scope, and 5/5(1).
Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Multi-Volume Set Paperback – Dec 28 by Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (Author), World Resources Institute (Author) See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions.
Amazon Price New from Used from Author: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, World Resources Institute. Designed by a partnership of UN agencies, international scientific organizations, and development agencies, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) is the most extensive study ever of the linkages between the world’s ecosystems and human well-being.
Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: A Framework for Assessment: In latethe 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.
May 12, · Little is understood about the well-being benefits of the natural environment and its ecosystem services. The interwoven relationship of ecosystems and human well-being is insufficiently acknowledged in the wider philosophical, social, and economic well-being atlasbowling.com by: ISBN: OCLC Number: Notes: "The first product of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), a four-year international work program designed to meet the needs of decision-makers for scientific information on the links between ecosystem change and human well-being"--Preface.