System of Environmental Economic Accounting – Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EA): e-Learning course

The e-Learning course System of Environmental Economic Accounting: Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EA) will be conducted from 11 April to 10 June 2022.  This course has been jointly developed by the UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and UN Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (UNSIAP). 

The course introduces the SEEA EA, the international statistical standard for organizing data about ecosystems, measuring ecosystem services, tracking changes in ecosystem assets, and linking this information to economic and other human activity.

The SEEA EA framework takes a spatial approach to organizing information on ecosystems. It supports the compilation of indicators for several global policy frameworks including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related SDG indicators and the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Agenda. The SEEA EA complements the accounts compiled in the SEEA Central Framework (SEEA CF) and together, SEEA EA and SEEA CF, provide a comprehensive framework for organizing data on the relationship between the environment and economy.

The course is expected to take a maximum of 20 hours over the course of two months from 11 April to 10 June 2022. The course comprises 8 modules covering different topics on ecosystem accounts.   Participants are expected to complete the e-learning modules online and also attend weekly scheduled webinars.  The weekly webinars will be facilitated by experts and practitioners in ecosystem accounting to provide an overview of the course topics and allow for participants to ask questions.

Tentative weekly webinar schedule:

Webinar Date Time

1. Introduction to the SEEA Ecosystem  Accounting
Sokol Vako, SIAP

14 April (Thursday) 4PM (GMT+9)/ 9AM (CET)

2. Accounting for ecosystem extent
Sjoerd Schenau, Statistics Netherlands

20 April (Wednesday) 4PM (GMT+9)/ 9AM (CET)

3. Accounting for ecosystem condition 
Joachim Maes, European Commission

28 April (Thursday) 4PM (GMT+9)/ 9AM (CET)

4, Accounting for ecosystem services
Alessandra La Notte, JRC, European Commission

6 May (Friday) 4PM (GMT+9)/ 9AM (CET)

5. Valuation for ecosystem accounting

12 May (Thursday) TBC

6. Biophysical modelling for ecosystem accounting
Bram Edens, UNSD

19 May (Thursday) 8PM (GMT+9)/ 1PM (CET)

7. Compiling SDG indicators using SEEA EA
Julian Chow, UNSD

26 May (Thursday) 8PM (GMT+9)/ 1PM (CET)

8. Using ecosystem accounts for policy scenario analysis
William Speller, UN Environment

2 June (Thursday) 4PM (GMT+9)/ 9AM (CET)
9. Country experiences in compiling ecosystem accounts 9 June (Thursday) TBC

Furthermore, participants are encouraged to actively participate in the online forum of the course.

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Event Date (GMT+9)

14 April 2022 to 10 June 2022


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Guideline e-Learning SEEA EA

Ecosystem Accounting