The aim of the 3rd Joint OECD/UNECE Seminar on the Implementation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) was to provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and experiences on SEEA implementation and to facilitate coordination between all relevant partners in the UNECE region.
The Seminar brought together representatives from UNECE and UN Statistical Divisions, UNEP, OECD, World Bank, Eurostat, European Environment Agency, International Union for Conservation of Nature. Among the participants there were leading experts in the field of environment and statistics from Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and many other countries.
Discussions focused on the five priority accounts identified by the UNCEEA for the development of international databases: energy accounts, air emission accounts, economy-wide material flow accounts, water accounts and land accounts.
Our experts Georgy and Marina Fomenko made a presentation Experiences from SEEA Projects implemented in the Russian Federation at the national, local and municipal level
within the Session 4: Policy applications of SEEA. The presentation included the overview of the large experience in the field of SEEA implementation, economic evaluation of ecosystem services aimed at support of environmental management and environment protection. It described pilot researches connected with possibilities of SEEA implementation at the national, local and municipal levels which were made on the instructions of Russian Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Russian Statistical Service and other government agencies. The presentation also included main conclusions and problems of SEEA implementation in Russia on different levels.