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FOR DISCUSSION: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Research Needs 1. What is the whole point of the article? 2. What is the objective of Millennium Ecosystem Assessment?  Explain “the Millennium  Ecosystem Assessment (MA) was designed to meet the needs of decision-makers for  scientific information on the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being”. 3. What are ecosystem services? What are the components of human well-being? What do  we know of the relation/link between ecosystem services and human well-being? 4. What do we know of the link between ecosystem changes and poverty reduction? 5. What do you mean by “ecosystem services at more aggregated scales are seldom  simple summations of the services at finer scales”?  What is meant by “cross-scale  effect”? Why is there a need to understand effects like this? 6. According to McNeely  et al . “A key constraint in identifying what works and what does  not work to create economic incentives for ecosystem conservation is the lack of  empirical data supporting or refuting the success of  any  approach.”   Why are  measurement/empirical data of paramount importance in decision-making and policy-
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2011 for the course EVS 101 taught by Professor Varsolosunio during the Winter '10 term at American Intl. University.

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