Welcome to NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEA) are an approach to Ecosystem-Based Management. This approach integrates all components of an ecosystem, including humans, into the decision-making process so that managers can balance trade-offs and determine what is more likely to achieve their desired goals. The approach is a NOAA-wide initiative, that provides a consistent national approach but is flexible to accommodate regional needs. It is overseen by the IEA program, which directs the execution of Integrated Ecosystem Assessments within five regions in the United States ocean and coastal ecosystems.
Integrated Ecosystem Assessments...
Integrated Ecosystem Assessment management partners include...
The NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program partners with four of the eight Regional Fisheries Management Councils in the United States that are responsible for managing our Nation's fishery resources.
The NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program partners with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) to support Ecosystem-Based Management using the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) approach.
The NOAA Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) program partners with several state natural resource management agencies to support their ecosystem-based management needs using the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment approach.
There are multiple other manager and stakeholder entities with which regional programs have, or may in future, engaged with as part of inclusive community implementation of the IEA approach for specific management efforts.