Human Well-Being and Sustainable Management in San Pedro de Atacama-Chile

Chile (Atacama)

Geographical coverage

Geographical scale of the assessment Single site
Country or countries covered Chile
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name

Conceptual framework, methodology and scope

Assessment objectives

  • To assess the quality and quantity of key provisioning ecosystem services, through a compilation and participatory analysis of available studies and data.

    • Primary focus on water and tourism.
    • Taking account of the high degree of social complexity due to multiple users of ecosystem services.
  • To produce alternative scenarios, to advise co-operative management solutions for overall well-being and sustainability

Mandate for the assessment

Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA)

URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted

System(s) assessed

  • Dryland

Species groups assessed

Ecosystem services/functions assessed


  • Food
  • Water
  • Raw materials


Supporting Services/Functions

  • Maintainence of genetic diversity

Cultural Services

  • Recreation and tourism

Scope of assessment includes

Drivers of change in systems and services


Impacts of change in services on human well-being


Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed


Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment


Timing of the assessment

Year assessment started


Year assessment finished


If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish

Periodicity of assessment

Assessment outputs


Bustos, B., & Blanco, H. (2004). Patta hoiri and Likanantay people: rescuing the knowledge of the land. RIDES

RIDES. Human Well-Being and Sustainable Management In San Pedro De Atacama - Chile. (2005) Santiago, Chile: RIDES.

Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Human Well-Being and Sustainable Management in San Pedro de Atacama (Brochure). RIDES

Journal publications

Training materials

Other documents/outputs

Tools and processes

Tools and approaches used in the assessment

  • Modelling
  • Scenarios
  • Stakeholder consultations, response options

Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component

Key stakeholder groups engaged

The number of people directly involved in the assessment process

Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge

Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment

Assessment reports peer reviewed



Accessibility of data used in assessment

Policy impact

Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions

Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment


Lessons learnt for future assessments from these reviews

Capacity building

Capacity building needs identified during the assessment

Actions taken by the assessment to build capacity

How have gaps in capacity been communicated to the different stakeholders

Knowledge generation

Gaps in knowledge identified from the assessment

How gaps in knowledge have been communicated to the different stakeholders

Additional relevant information