was invited to formally join the Millennium Ecosystem
Assessment (MA) by the MA Board during its recent meeting
at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. CMS now joins
a number of other international organisations involved
in the MA. The Board invited CMS to appoint a representative.
Migratory species are unique components of the ecosystems
that they inhabit across their migratory range. CMS and
the MA share a mutuality of interests. The Chairs of the
MA Assessment Panel, Professor Hal Mooney and Ms Angela
Cropper, concluded that the MA could provide CMS information
on various issues such as habitat extent, quality, and trends.
The MA can also satisfy CMS’ information needs on
the forces of change, such as pollution, climate change,
human needs and pressures on species and on how ecosystem
changes affect species, including migratory species.
Importantly for CMS, the MA Working Groups will take steps
to increase the emphasis given to such issues as the role
of migratory species in ecosystem structure and function,
migratory species' contributions to human well being and
migratory species as indicators of ecosystem condition.
The MA may also be able to provide CMS information on species
Echoing the call by the CMS Conference of Parties in Resolution
7.9, the MA Assessment Panel chairs believed
that one of the best mechanisms to ensure the integration
of migratory species into the MA at the global and sub-global
levels would be to identify a small number of additional
natural and social scientists with expertise on migratory
species to join the MA Working Groups as Lead Authors or
Contributing Authors. There are also other opportunities
for individuals with expertise on migratory species to contribute
as Chapter Review Editors or Expert Reviewers.
CMS Parties, international and other organisations and
individuals are encouraged to nominate experts to participate
directly. Nominations should be sent to the MA Secretariat
by 30 April 2003.
The MA, launched in June 2001, is a path-breaking international
assessment of the capacity of ecosystems to support human
well being and life on Earth. It is designed to meet decision-makers’
ever-increasing needs for high quality, credible scientific
information on the consequences of ecosystem change.
For more information on the MA’s structure, process,
and associated activities, visit its website at http://www.millenniumassessment.org