Session on ecosystem accounting methods at ESP Conference 9 September

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Ecosystem accounting is an emerging field dealing with integrated biophysical data, monitoring changes in ecosystem assets and linking those changes to economic and human activity. The development of ecosystem accounting is in response to a wide range of demands for integrated information that can link analytical and policy frameworks on environmental sustainability, human well-being, and economic growth and development.

The purpose of this session to take place on 9 September during the 7th Conference of the Ecosystem Partnership, in Costa Rica taking place from 8 to 12 September 2014, is to provide a platform and opportunity to discuss and develop a deeper understanding of the concepts and methods of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. The session is organized by the TEEB Office together with the United Nations Statistics Division, the United Nations Environment Program and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The three organizations have embarked on a project to advance Natural Capital Accounting through testing the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Experimental Ecosystem Accounting, financed by the Government of Norway,

Local action for the common good is the theme of this year’s ESP Conference .The emphasis will be on the use of the ecosystem services concept at the local level, focusing on Latin America with a special emphasis on Costa Rica. A mix of plenary sessions and workshops are proposed for participants who will include practitioners, educators, policy-makers and researchers.

The speakers:

1) Julian Chow – Overview of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting
2) Luis Rivera – Perspectives for developing ecosystem accounting in Costa Rica
3) Keisha Garcia- Mainstream ecosystem accounting in policy; experience in selected countries (e.g. Trinidad and Tobago) –
4) Julian Chow – SEEA as a monitoring framework for sustainable development

About the SEEA

The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting 2012 – Central Framework (SEEA Central Framework) was adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission as the international statistical standard for environmental-economic accounting. It is a multipurpose statistical framework for describing the interaction between the economy and the environment and for describing stocks and flows of environmental assets.

The SEEA Central Framework is complemented by the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting 2012 – Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting). SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting offers a synthesis of the current knowledge in ecosystem accounting and serves as a platform for its development at national and sub-national levels. It provides a common set of terms, concepts, accounting principles and classifications, and an integrated accounting structure of ecosystem services and ecosystem condition in both physical and monetary terms. discuss and develop a deeper understanding of the concepts and methods of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting and its policy application.

For more information please visit the Conference website here

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