In the wake of the April 2000 World Resources Institute (WRI) report entitled "People and Ecosystems: The Fraying Web of Life" (described in the April 26, 2000 Scout Report for Science & Engineering
), scientists are preparing to launch the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) -- a major international collaborative effort to map the health of the world's ecosystems. Slated for release in September 2000, the MEA will analyze the present and future capacity of the world's ecosystems "to provide goods and services important for human development." This Website, maintained in part by World Resources Institute, offers detailed information on the MEA, the need for such a global assessment, the goals and benefits of an MEA, methods for designing the MEA, and links to participating and related organizations. Most information at the site is in HTML format, but some sections contain options for downloading documents (.pdf format).