The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) works in close collaboration with national and international partners to lead several projects advancing environmental and ecosystem accounting in Member States. By working with Member States to compile SEEA accounts and initiate pilot testing of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting, UNSD aims to mainstream SEEA-related analysis and decision making at the national, city and corporate level and build technical capacity in Member States.

Current and previous projects include:

Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services

The United Nations Statistics Division, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the European Union have launched the project “Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services” (NCAVES).

The project funded by the European Union through its Partnership Instrument (PI), aims to assist the five participating partner countries, namely Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, to advance the knowledge agenda on environmental-economic accounting, in particular ecosystem accounting. It will initiate pilot testing of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA) with a view to:

  • Improving the measurement of ecosystems and their services (both in physical and monetary terms) at the (sub)national level;
  • Mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystems at (sub)national level policy planning and implementation;
  • Contribute to the development of internationally agreed methodology and its use in partner countries.

The project will have a duration until the end of 2020.

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Development Account

The Development Account is a capacity development programme of the United Nations Secretariat aimed at enhancing capabilities of developing countries in the priority areas of the United Nations Development Agenda. Together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations Statistics Division implemented the SEEA in Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia and Uganda as part of a three-year project (2015-2017) to improve monitoring of sustainable development.

Advancing Natural Capital Accounting (ANCA) Project

The United Nations Statistics Division, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) TEEB Office and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity have carried out a project on Advancing Natural Capital Accounting (ANCA) from 2014 to 2016, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The project worked to advance ecosystem accounting in six pilot countries—Bhutan, Chile, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mexico and Vietnam. The following were produced under the project:

1) A five-year Global Strategy for advancing the testing and research agenda of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting;

2) Guidelines on testing;

3) Training material;

4) Communication and outreach material for SEEA; and

5) Country plans for each of the pilot countries.

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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