Forum of Experts in SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting

Forum of Experts in SEEA EEA

The Forum of Experts in SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA) will be held on 18-20 June 2018 at the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel & Conference Center, Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. The Forum is organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the World Bank, and the European Union project “Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services.”

Participants will include statisticians, researchers and experts in the area of ecosystem accounting, ecosystem modelling, spatial analysis of ecosystem services, and environmental and ecological economics, as well as earth observation specialists. Representatives of the project partner countries, namely Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, and other countries having experience in the compilation of ecosystem accounting would also be in attendance.

The Forum’s objectives are to:

  • Share best-practices in compiling ecosystem accounts;
  • Showcase methodological and technical advances;
  • Work towards a consensus on methods and practices to be included in practical guidelines;
  • Provide recommendations for the revision of the SEEA EEA. 



Concept note

Logistics note


Please find below some list of suggested reference material for each topic.

Ecosystem condition:

- 5th MAES report on ecosystem condition:

Ecosystem services:

- Petersen JE and R Haines Young, 2016 Paper for the 2016 London group meeting:  Methodological issues for ecosystem service accounting in SEEA-EEA – some reflections building on EU experience and a recent CICES survey. Available from:

- Landers DH and Nahlik AM. 2013. Final Ecosystem Goods and Services Classification System (FEGS-CS). EPA/600/R-13/ORD-004914. Available from:

- UN et al., 2016. Expert group meeting – Towards a Standard International Classification on Ecosystem Services 20-21 June 2016. Available from:

- Walker, B. H., J. M. Anderies, A. P. Kinzig, and P. Ryan. 2006. Exploring resilience in social-ecological systems through comparative studies and theory development: introduction to the special issue. Ecology and Society11(1): 12. [online] URL:



Event Date

Monday, 18 June 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 20 June 2018 - 5:00pm


Registration for the Forum is now closed. Thank you for your interest. 

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