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Towards a Global Implementation Plan for SEEAW Regional Workshop on Water Accounting Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 16-18 June 2007. Michael Vardon United Nations Statistics Division. Developing a plan for implementation.

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Michael vardon united nations statistics division

Towards a Global Implementation Plan for SEEAWRegional Workshop on Water Accounting Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic16-18 June 2007

Michael Vardon

United Nations Statistics Division


Developing a plan for implementation

Developing a plan for implementation

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

  • 34 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


Elements to plan

Elements to plan

  • Work Regionally

  • Integrating and coordinating with existing programmes and activities

  • Develop toolkits/training materials

  • Seek additional resources


Working regionally

Working regionally

  • 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


Un regional grouping

ECA

Botswana

Burkina Faso

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

South Africa

Tanzania

Tunisia

ECE

Armenia

Bulgaria

Georgia

Israel

Ukraine

Turkey

ESCWA

Bahrain

Egypt

Iraq

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon

Oman

Palestine

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Syria

UAE

Yemen

UN regional grouping

ECLAC

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Bahamas

  • Bolivia

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Cuba

  • Dominican Republic

  • Guatemala

  • Jamaica

  • Mexico

  • Panama

  • Peru

  • Suriname

  • Trinidad and Tobago

ESCAP

  • China

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Korea (Republic)

  • Mongolia

  • Nepal

  • Philippines


Integrating and coordinating with existing programmes

Integrating and coordinating with existing programmes

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

    • Eurostat, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, OECD, UNEP

    • Global Water Partnership- UN Water

      • UNDP – CAP-NET

      • IWRM Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting

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


Harmonize data collections

Harmonize data collections

  • Harmonize international questionnaires with SEEAW (already mostly the case for OECD/Eurostat and UNSD questionnaires)

  • With the agreement of countries reduce the need for duplicate reporting by sharing data between international organizations


Developing toolkits and training materials

Developing toolkits and training materials

  • Manual on the Compilation of Water Accounts and Statistics

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

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

  • Promoting SEEAW in the user community


Identifying additional resources and funding

Identifying additional resources and funding

  • Identifying additional expertise which could be made available to countries or to UNSD for the development of material (any volunteers?) or participation in workshops

  • Keep a eye out for funding opportunities


Unsd work for 2007

UNSD Work for 2007

  • Development of a Global Implementation Strategy for SEEAW

  • Development of the Manual for the Compilation of Water Accounts and Statistics

  • Harmonisation of international data collections on water

  • Meetings and workshops

  • Direct country assistance for a limed number of countries


Unsd work for 2007 meetings

UNSD Work for 2007: Meetings

  • Workshop on Environment-Economic Approaches for Medstat II countries (Luxembourg, February 2007)

  • London Group on Environmental Accounting (South Africa. March 2007)

  • Expert Group Meeting on Environmental Accounts for ESCWA region (Egypt. June 2007)

  • Workshop on Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water for ELAC region (Dominican Republic. July 2007)

  • Course on SEEAW at the UNESCO-IHE (The Netherlands, September 2007)

  • Expert Group Meeting on Water Accounting and Statistics (USA. December)

  • Workshop on Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water for ESCAP region (2008)

  • Workshop on Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water for SADC region (2008)

  • Workshop on Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water for Eastern Europe/Western Asia (2008)


Unsd work for 2007 country assistance

UNSD Work for 2007: Country assistance

Direct country assistance

  • Namibia (April 2007)

  • South Africa (March 2007)

  • Jordan (June 2007)

  • Dominican Republic (July 2007)

  • China (August 2007)


What can i do

What can I do?

  • Become an active part of your regional network

  • Develop a plan for implementing SEEAW in your country

  • Start compiling pilot accounts

  • Contribute to the development of material on implementation

  • 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 may be relevant (and promoted)


Questions to consider

Questions to consider

  • Is the approach suggested appropriate?

  • Where should UNSD focus their efforts?

  • What would you like to see in the global implementation plan?

  • Over what time is implementation realistic in your country?

  • What assistance would help you most?


Contact details

Contact details

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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