The Global Assessment
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) is an international assessment designed to meet the needs of decision makers for scientific information, concerning the consequences of ecosystem change for human well being, and options for responding to those changes. The MA was launched by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and was designed to meet some of the assessment needs of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention to Combat Desertification, and the Wetlands Convention. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment is a multi-scale assessment, consisting of interconnected assessments at the global, sub-global and local levels. There are about 25 sub-global and local assessments, such as Sweden, South Africa, Chile and China.