Capacity Building

Implementation strategy

The Statistical Commission adopted a global implementation strategy for the SEEA Central Framework at its 44th session in 2013. The strategy was subsequently updated in 2016. The implementation strategy for the SEEA is flexible and modular, and countries are encouraged to start with implementation of those accounts of most relevance to them. The following targets are set for SEEA implementation by 2020:

  • At least 100 countries with ongoing, well-resourced programmes in SEEA Central Framework accounting
  • At least 50 countries with ongoing, well-resourced programmes in ecosystem accounting to support national decision-making

A global assessment is conducted regularly under the auspices of the UNCEEA to assess progress towards the global implementation targets.

Implementation tools

A number of materials have been developed to assist countries in the implementation of the SEEA:

  1. The Implementation Guide and Diagnostic Tool provides an overview of the steps necessary to introduce a national program of work on environmental-economic accounting.
  2. Technical Notes are currently being developed to provide a 20-25 page summary of the key considerations when setting up a specific set of accounts, such as water or energy accounts.
  3. More detailed information, including the SEEA Manuals, international recommendations and compilation manuals can be found here.

E-Learning courses

UNSD has lauched an e-Learning platform with online courses on the SEEA. The platform has a number of courses available, providing a wealth of information for those interested in learning more: 

  1. Introduction to the SEEA Central Framework provides an overview of the main aspects of envrionmental-economic accounting. The course is available in Arabic, English, French and Russian.
  2. Our in-depth course on water accounts is aimed at those interested in compiling various water accounts such as supply and use of water in physical terms, and emissions to water.
  3. Other in-depth course will be added in soon; make sure to visit the e-Learning platform for new SEEA courses.

SEEA Central Framework

An international statistical standard for measuring the environment and its relation to the economy Read More

SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting

A measurement framework tracking changes in ecosystems and linking those changes to economic and other human activity Read More

SEEA Applications and Extensions

How to use the SEEA Central Framework accounts for decision making, policy formulation and research Read More