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The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water: From Adoption to ImplementationLondon Group – South Africa, March 2007

Michael Vardon

United Nations Statistics Division


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Outline of presentation From Adoption to Implementation

  • Development and adoption of SEEAW as an interim international statistical standard in 2007

  • Towards a Global Implementation Plan for SEEAW

    • Working regionally

    • Harnessing existing programmes

    • Developing toolkits for implementation

    • Identifying additional funding

    • The Plan to go the 2008 UN Statistical Commission


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Development of SEEAW From Adoption to Implementation

  • Sub-group on Water Accounting established at the 2003 meeting of the London Group (Rome)

  • Sep 2004 SEEAW discussed at London Group Meeting (Copenhagen)

  • May 2005 1st draft SEEAW discussed in by sub-group (New York)

  • May 2006 2nd Draft discussed at the User-Producer Conference (Voorburg)

  • Jun 2006 2nd Draft discussed by London Group and UNCEEA

  • Jul-Dec 2006 SEEAW finalised by electronic discussion

  • More than 20 experts participated in the Sub-group

  • UNSD coordinated the group and prepared the various manuscripts


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SEEAW From Adoption to ImplementationOverview

  • Stocks and flows

  • Economy and environment


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SEEAW – an interim international statistical standard From Adoption to Implementation

  • The 2007 UN Statistical Commission adopted SEEAW as an interim international statistical standard

  • SEEAW has been noticed by the producer and user communities


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Global Water From Adoption to Implementation

Partnership

The role and value of

Water Accounting

“SEEAW provides the much-needed conceptual framework for monitoring and assessment”

Roberto Lenton, GWP


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Towards a global implementation plan for SEEAW From Adoption to Implementation

  • The Commission asked UNSD to develop a global implementation plan for SEEAW and present it in 2008

  • 32 countries have requested assistance from the UNSD for implementing water accounts

  • Current resources for assistance are limited

    • Need to use them carefully

    • Identify and seek additional resources

  • A 3-5 year implementation plan is envisaged


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Working regionally From Adoption to Implementation

  • Bring countries together in groups to create regional networks

  • Hold workshops targeted at national statistical offices and water management departments

    • Introduce SEEAW to high level officials to highlight the benefits and identify key questions

    • Provide workshops for the implementers of water accounting


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ECA From Adoption to Implementation

Botswana

Burkina Faso

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

South Africa

Tanzania

Tunisia

ECE

Armenia

Bulgaria

Georgia

Israel

Ukraine

Turkey

ECLAC

Bahamas

Bolivia

Colombia

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Guatemala

Mexico

Panama

Suriname

Trinidad and Tobago

ESCWA

Egypt

Jordan

Yemen

UN regional grouping

ECLAC

  • China

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Korea (Republic)

  • Mongolia

  • Nepal

  • Philippines


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Harnessing existing programmes From Adoption to Implementation

  • Work with existing initiatives and other agencies. E.g.

    • Eurostat, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OECD

    • Global Water Partnership

      • UNDP – CAP-NET

      • IWRM Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting

    • Med Stat II (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia)


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Developing toolkits From Adoption to Implementation

  • Developing material to assist countries with implementation

  • Researching particular issues (e.g. transforming data to between different spatial boundaries)

  • Contributing to the development of formal training courses (e.g. UNESCO-IHE)

  • Promoting SEEAW in the user community


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Barriers to developing environmental accounts From Adoption to Implementation

  • Lack of human resources (60%)

  • Availability of data (60%)

  • Lack of financial resources (57%)

  • Lack of appropriate institutional set-up (37%)

    Results of UN Global Assessment of Environmental accounting (36 respondents to question)


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Barriers to compiling environmental accounts From Adoption to Implementation

  • Availability of data (81%)

  • Quality of data (61%)

  • Lack of human resources (56%)

  • Lack of financial resources (50%)

    Results of UN Global Assessment of Environmental accounting (35 respondents to question)


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Identifying additional resources and funding From Adoption to Implementation

  • Additional expertise which could be made available to countries or to UNSD for the development of material (any volunteers?)

  • Keep a eye out for funding opportunities


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UNSD Work for 2007 From Adoption to Implementation

  • June – ESCWA + north African countries high level seminar

  • July – ECLAC high level seminar

  • In country capacity building planned for China and possibly other countries

  • Development of a water statistics manual


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What can I do? From Adoption to Implementation

  • Become part of regional network

  • Contribute to the development of material on implementation

  • Offer of technical assistance

  • Look for ways to promote SEEAW in the producer and user communities

  • Identify funding opportunities

  • Keep each other informed of activity and developments related to water accounting. E.g.

    • Technical assistance provided or requested

    • Interesting policy uses or analyses

    • Meetings, conferences, etc where water accounting many be promoted


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Contact details From Adoption to Implementation

Michael Vardon

Adviser on Environmental-Economic Accounting

United Nations Statistics Division

New York 10017 USA

Room DC2 1532

Phone: +1 917 367 5391

Fax: +1 917 363 1374

Email: [email protected]


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