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IMPLEMENTATION AND PROMOTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL-ECONOMIC ACCOUNTING Strategy paper. First meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on Envrionmental-Economic Accounting (New York, 22-23 June 2006). Background.

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IMPLEMENTATION AND PROMOTION OFENVIRONMENTAL-ECONOMIC ACCOUNTINGStrategy paper

First meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on Envrionmental-Economic Accounting

(New York, 22-23 June 2006)


Background

  • UNCEEA has been established with the approval of its terms of reference by the Bureau of the United Nations Statistical Commission in November 2005.


Background

OBJECTIVES

  • (i) to mainstream environmental-economic

  • accounting and related statistics;

  • (ii) to elevate the System of Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA) to an international statistical standard1; and

  • (iii) to advance the implementation of the SEEA at the global level.


Background

Five components of work programme:

  • coordination

  • promotion and implementation of the accounts through the recommendations on their compilation;

  • harmonization and dissemination of the accounts, linking the accounts to indicators and developing relationship between the users and producers;

  • advancing the research agenda; and

  • harmonization of data collection activities on environment and related statistics with environmental-economic accounts.


Current Situation

  • environmental accounts has been most extensive in developed countries, notably EU member countries, Norway, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Few sustained initiatives in developing countries China, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, Philippines and South Africa.


Current situation

Few regional program

  • Eurostat-funded pilot programs for EU member states

  • Natural Resource Accounting Programme for East and Southern Africa (on-going program), established in 1995, donor funded

  • Global Initiative for Environmental Accounting proposed to GEF by the Earth Institute and World Bank


Suggested areas of work

  • Link the production and release of environmental-economic accounts and time series with the national accounts

  • Facilitate the support of the SEEA framework by international agencies

  • Increase support and technical cooperation in developing countries

  • Develop a communication and dissemination strategy


Link with national accounts

  • Integrated compilation of accounts, tables and time series

  • Align compilation cycles

  • Align statistical units

  • Align dissemination cycles

  • Align data requirements in business surveys, household surveys, etc.


Link to national accounts

Under aegis of UN CEEA (suite of standards)

  • Launch scope and compliance survey to assess the status of implementation of environmental-economic accounting

  • Prepare SEEA as standards for official statistics

  • Develop a set of dissemination standard on accounts, tables and time series e.g. energy and air emission and water accounts

  • Develop guidelines for a comprehensive data collection programme of environment and economic statistics

  • Develop a data quality framework for environmental accounting


Facilitate the support for the SEEA framework by international agencies

  • Integrate in international strategy and national development plans including PRSP (WB), toolkits (UNDP), MDGs (UNSD) as well as indicators of sustainable development.


Increase support and technical cooperation in developing countries

  • Coordination of TA

  • Under UNCEEA

    • Training material

    • Analysis of success and impeding factors

    • Website containing a searchable archive/library


Develop a communication and dissemination strategy

  • Information and promotion material;

  • Communcation strategy, including application of technical tools (e.g. interactive presentations) for presenting the results of the accounts;

  • Articles in magazines and newspapers to raise awareness about environmental-economic accounting;

  • Organize events bringing together users and producers of environmental economic accounting (e.g. user-producer dialogue on water accounting, etc.)


Questions to the UNCEEA?

  • What is the best mechanism to promote the implementation of environmental-economic accounting in countries?

  • Should a sub-group of the UNCEEA be created to advise the Committee on strategies to encourage the SEEA implementation in countries and carry out the activities outlined above? Who should be participate?

  • What would be possible activities to be undertaken to encourage the SEEA implementation in countries?

  • What would be the best way to coordinate technical cooperation activities in countries?


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