Dissemination Workshop on the Land Cover Account and the National Plan for Senegal
The Dissemination Workshop on the Land Cover Account and the National Plan took place in Dakar, Senegal on 16 February 2023 and aimed to publicly disseminate the results of the land cover account for Senegal and the National Plan for the Advancement of Environmental-economic Accounting in Senegal. The dissemination event was opened by the secretary-general of the Ministry of Economy, the Director-General of the National Agency for Statistics and Demography (ANSD), and the Resident Representative of UNHCR. They all stressed the importance of the development of environmental accounts in Senegal under the leadership and coordination of ANSD. The event was well attended by over 40 participants from various national agencies related to the environmental field and policy, as well as national media. Participants welcomed the new information published and expressed the interest to continue developing environmental accounts in Senegal.
The land cover account and the national plan were developed during the project "Environmental-Economic Accounting for Evidence-Based Policy in Senegal" as a collaborative effort between the ANSD and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), which focused on the implementation of the System of Economic and Environmental Accounts (SEEA) in Senegal. The land accounts for Senegal were developed in multi-disciplinary effort led by the ANDS in collaboration various national agencies, including the Ministry of Environment, the national mapping agency, and the center for environmental analysis. The land cover account will help the country to understand the changes in land cover that are happening on the ground and design better policies to, among others, diminish deforestation or improve the management of mangroves. The National Plan will, on the other hand, help ANSD and other agencies to advocate for investment in environmental accounting and development of statistics to inform better policy within the Government as well as international agencies.