Using the SEEA for Monitoring and Informing the Global Biodiversity Framework

This is the first webinar of the webinar series on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) organized by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA). This webinar aims at providing a foundational understanding of the SEEA and how the SEEA can support national implementation of the monitoring framework of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

The SEEA provides the methodological basis for a number of indicators of the monitoring framework of the GBF. In particular, the SEEA Ecosystem Accounting will provide the methodological basis for three headline indicators adopted for high-level monitoring of the GBF, including in national reports under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) — i.e., indicators A.2 Extent of natural ecosystems, B.1 Services provided by ecosystems and 9.1 Benefits from the sustainable use of wild species. In addition, the SEEA Central Framework includes accounts which contain information on biodiversity expenditures and investments, which are relevant to the GBF’s financing indicators, such as D.3 on Private finance. The full list of indicators can be found in the CBD Decision 15/5.


  1. To understand the SEEA framework and its relevance to the headline indicators of the Kunming Montreal GBF monitoring framework, with a focus on indicators A2 and B1.
  2. To discuss the challenges and opportunities in applying the SEEA Ecosystem Accounting  for national level monitoring of biodiversity.


7:30 – 7:35

Welcome and introduction

  • Ilaria Di Matteo, Chief of the Environmental-Economic Accounts Section, UN Statistics Division
  • Chair: Jonathon Khoo, Acting Program Manager, Physical Environment Accounts and Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics and Chair of the Working Group on Coordination and Communication of the UNCEEA

7:35 – 7:45

Introduction to the GBF monitoring framework and headline indicators.

  • Jillian Campbell, Head of Monitoring, Review and Reporting, Convention on Biological Diversity

7:45 – 8:10

Introduction to the SEEA Ecosystem Accounting framework

  • Marko Javorsek, Statistician, Environmental-Economic Accounts Section, United Nations Statistics Division

8:10 – 8:40

Headline indicators of the GBF based on SEEA Ecosystem Accounting

  • Mandy Driver, Chair of the Technical Committee on SEEA Ecosystem Accounting

8:40 – 9:00

Country experiences on the implementation of the SEEA in support of the GBF

Andrea Cruz Angón, Director of Biodiversity Coordination, National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, Mexico

François Soulard, Research Manager for the new Census of Environment program and Statistics Canada’s lead on the GBF, Statistics Canada

Peter Meadows, Acting Director of the Centre for Environmental and Satellite Accounts, Australian Bureau of Statistics

9:00 – 9:25

Panel discussion with country representatives from Australia, Canada and Mexico.

Moderator: Jonathon Khoo

  • The role of the SEEA Ecosystem Accounting and the importance of interinstitutional collaboration for monitoring and reporting under the GBF

9:25 – 9:30  

Closing remarks


Event Date

Monday, 15 April 2024 - 7:30am

About the SEEA webinar series

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Related webinars

The members of the ad hoc technical expert group (AHTEG) on indicators for the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework are providing a series of webinars to describe and discuss the outcomes of the AHTEG leading to and following the twenty-sixth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice. 

The webinars will run between April and May.  Please consult the list and schedule in the AHTEG webinars page.