TEEB and SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting
UN Environment TEEB Office is collaborating with the UN Statistics Division and CBD to carry out SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. A current NORAD-funded project has piloted implementation in seven countries, and has funded the development of e-learning courses and a global strategy for SEEA-EEA implementation. The session set out lessons learned from this NORAD project, looking forward to a new EC-funded project on SEEA-EEA in Brazil, India, China, South Africa and Mexico that is intended to apply the EEA methodology in full, to include valuation. The session also presented lessons learned from a joint PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment) – INEGI (Mexico) initiative that has applied EEA, in which the potential to develop ecosystem condition accounts using the GLOBIO biodiversity model has been assessed.
Speakers and Presentations
- Salman Hussain, Coordinator, UN Environment TEEB Office: SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting: Valuation of Biodiversity.
- Hillary Allison, Head of Program Ecosystem Assessment, UN Environment WCMC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Accounting.
- Carlos Alberto de Mattos Scaramuzza, Director, Ecosystems Conservation Department, Government of Brazil: Regional and Local TEEB Project.
- Alessandra Alfieri, Chief, Environmental Accounts Section, UNSTATS: Advancing the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting Project.
- Raul Figueroa Díaz, Director, Satellite Accounts, National Institute for Statistics and Geography (INEGI) – Mexico: INEGI and the application of SEEA in Mexico.
The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) has emerged as a leading tool in the support of policy and analysis of the environment and its relation with economic and human activities. Its particular strength is its capacity to integrate environmental information into standard measures of economic activity. It can therefore facilitate the mainstreaming of environmental information in economic development and planning discussions and serve to recognise the connections between environmental policy objectives and broader societal outcomes.
Critical global policy demand to advance environmental-economic accounting is expressed in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Aichi target 2 under this strategic goal commits government to integrate, by 2020, biodiversity values into national and local development and poverty reduction strategies and planning processes, and to incorporate them into national accounting, as appropriate, and reporting systems. This objective is repeated in Target 15.9 of the Outcome Document – Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.
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