Land and Ecosytems

Land and ecosystems are broadly encompassing terms that include natural resources, environmental flows and services. On March 30, 2005 the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) released the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (referred to as the MA). Over a four year period (2001 and 2005), the MA was carried out “to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and to establish the scientific basis for actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and their contributions to human well-being” (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005: v). This Area of Concentration includes challenges and solutions associated with land and ecosystems in many contexts: rural development and working landscapes, farming, community gardens, the land-sea interface, natural resources management, biodiversity conservation planning, among others.

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