MIMES is an ecosystem-based management tool. It integrates georeferenced datasets, with diverse information sources on human and natural systems to create systems models. These systems models assess the value of ecosystem services at different spatial levels under different future scenarios. These are bespoke models for particular cases.

The MIMES approach has been applied in New Zealand and Massachusetts. It is also under development for use by the Ministry of Fisheries in Cambodia in managing the Tonle Sap Lake. 

Aim of the resource: 

To incorporate stakeholder input and biophysical datasets for valuation of ecosystem services and decision-making.
To simulate coupled socio-ecological systems over time and space.
To provide economic arguments for land use managers to approach conservation of ecosystems as a form of economic development.

Using the resource
Potential benefits from using the resource: 
It addresses the links between natural and human capital, and enables the integration of site-specific information with spatial data. This makes it suited to examine trade-offs under various economic, policy and climate scenarios.
The MIMES approach can engage a wide diversity of collaborators from different disciplines.
Researchers can reproduce the results and sample the processes in the model to make sense of causal relationships, allowing the testing of management scenarios that may be infeasible or socially unacceptable to test in practice.
Potential limitations from using the resource: 
The complexity of outputs can be challenging to understand.
Sub/region where used: 
Central Africa
Central and Western Europe
North America
South-East Asia
Scale of application: 
Practical information
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Contact details
Contact Name (Person or group/organization): 
Roelof M Boumans
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