African NCA Community of Practice Webinar: Towards a National Plan for Advancing Environmental-Economic Accounting

This webinar is part of a series under the Africa Natural Capital Accounting Community of Practice organized in cooperation between UNSD and the World Bank Global Program on Sustainability, the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, the Conservation International and the Capitals Coalition.


Date and time: Thursday, 28 January 2021 at 13:00 UTC / 16:00 Nairobi / 08:30 New York



The preparation of a national plan for advancing environmental-economic accounting is initiated through a scoping exercise, implemented as a preliminary assessment of readiness and capacity of countries that are seeking to embark on natural capital accounting approaches that are consistent with the System of Environmental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA). Among other things, it assesses policy relevance and priorities, data availability, institutional framework and financial as well as technical resources required to implement NCA at an appropriate scale. The assessment of readiness will, in turn, support the development of a national plan, or roadmap helping governments to determine initial priorities for implementing various types of accounts, raise/allocate funds as well as work on the institutional arrangements necessary for their sustainable implementation.

This webinar will aim to introduce the process of scoping for natural capital accounting, introduce the tools available for countries, and outline the idea behind the national plans/roadmaps. The webinar will aim to bring together thoughts and experiences on scoping and national plan development in several African countries that are in various stages of NCA development.


Program outline

1. Introduction to the webinar

Peter Katanisa, Coordinator for the Africa Community of Practice

2. Introductory presentation: NCA Scoping: Forging a road map towards environmental-economic accounting

Rosimeiry Portela, Conservation International

3. Panel discussion on country experiences and lessons learned

Introduction by each panelist on their experiences with the initial development of a national plan, followed by a moderated discussion by the chair.

  • Ms. Bathusi Segobai, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Botswana
  • Ms. Christine Magu, Statistician and Lead Energy Compiler, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Kenya
  • Mr. Rafael Jiménez-Aybar, COO and Programme Director, GLOBE Secretariat


4. Open Q&A and quiz

Participants are invited to ask questions to the presenters and to share their ideas on the topic of discussion.


Webinar recording

Event Date

Thursday, 28 January 2021 - 8:00am