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.
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.