Communicating the Path to Sustainability through Natural Capital Accounting

Please note that this event is postponed and new dates will be announced as soon as possible.


The year 2020 will be pivotal for the future of natural capital accounting. In 2020, implementation of the SEEA will be included as an indicator for measuring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many aspects of the Paris Agreement are pegged to 2020 and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be agreed. Simultaneously, the statistical community is revising the System of Environmental Economic Accounting—Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EEA) with the objective of elevating it to an international statistical standard in 2021. 

A group of international partner organizations led by Yale’s Schools of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Management, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Bennett Institute for Public Policy, Capitals Coalition, World Bank Global Program on Sustainability and International Monetary Fund will hold a two-and-a-half-day conference in March 2020 at Yale University that brings together leading practitioners, scholars, policy makers, business leaders and communication experts. The objective of this conference is to advance a shared understanding and develop a collectively embraced narrative for natural capital accounting that supports the Beyond GDP movement, Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the Paris Agreement, and private and public sector decision making.


The conference will address four key questions:

  1. Why do we need natural capital accounting?
  2. What narratives can natural capital accounting convey?
  3. How are big data and emerging technology changing the natural capital accounting story?
  4. What are the impediments to advancement and how can they be overcome?

For more details, please see the concept note below.


Yale University, School of Management (Evans Hall)

New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Conference audience

  • Public sector, including finance and economy ministries, central banks, national statistical offices, environment ministries etc.;
  • International organizations, including the United Nations and its agencies, the World Bank, the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity, regional organizations etc, and NGOs such as IUCN, Conservation International etc.;
  • Private sector, including those who utilize environmental profit and loss analyses, use data from the SNA for scenario planning or quantitatively measure business contributions towards the SDGs;
  • Academia involved in natural capital accounting; and
  • Communication experts with expertise communicating environmental, sustainability and economic issues.