Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Workshop on Environmental Accounting for Policy Analysis



Bogota, Colombia, March 16-17, 2016

This workshop was organized by the Statistics Division of the UN Economic Division for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the World Bank-led partnership Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)

Environmental accounting under the methodological framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA) 2012 has been recognized as an important tool for evidence-based policy making that takes into account the effects of economic activities on the environment and vice versa. In addition, it has been identified as one of the useful frameworks for the purpose of monitoring and reporting for the UN post-2015 development agenda in support of inclusive, people-centered sustainable development.

Following-up on past activities in the Latin American and the Caribbean Region (LAC), the workshop’s objective was to provide a platform for countries to share their experiences with SEEA implementation with a focus on the institutional set-up and the use of the accounts for policy making. By means of interactive sessions, participants exchanged experiences on SEEA implementation, learned best practices in LAC and heard from experts on environmental accounting. In addition, the workshop provided the opportunity to discuss the objectives and activities of a forthcoming Regional Collaboration Program. 

The workshop gathered 28 participants from 15 countries: two participants from each country. One country participant represented the “producer side” of the accounts (NSOs, CB, etc., depending on the country), and the other represented the “user side” (Ministry of Environment, Planning Department etc., depending on the country). Additionally, experts from WAVES, ECLAC, GIZ and academia attended.

Feature Story: Latin American Countries Exchange Experience on NCA


* Presentations are available by clicking on the underlined agenda items. Note that some sessions did not use powerpoint presentations.

 DAY 1, March 16



 General Topic






 Inauguration and Ice Breaker


 Session 1: UNSD Presentation: Introduction to the SEEA and current developments

Experience sharing on implementation of the SEEA in the LAC region


 Coffee break


 Session 2: Where do countries stand?(Institutional background and level of implementation)


 Session 3: Pair-up of advanced and starting countries for experience sharing on implementation




 Session 4: Experience sharing on institutional set-up


 Coffee Break


 Session 5: Need for support for SEEA implementation


 Session 6: Use of environmental accounts for policy making

 Dr. Michael Vardon, Australian National University

 Bolivia: Dr. Lykke Andersen Eg, Instituto de Estudias Avanzados en Dessarollo


 DAY 2, March 17


 Intro Day 2


Use of NCA for policy making


 Session 7: Use of environmental accounts for policy making – country examples

 Colombia: Juliana Barrientos Lopez, Departemento National de Planeación

 Guatemala: Hector Antonio Tuy, Instituto de Agricultura, Recursos Naturales y Ambiente


 Coffee break


 Session 8: Producers and users of information – the crucial linkage


 Session 9: Round table on policy use, Dr. Michael Vardon, Australian National University



Discussion of the LAC RCP


 Session 10: Presentation on the LAC Regional Cooperation Program (RCP)


 Session 11: Discussion on the LAC Regional Cooperation Program



 Coffee Break


 Session 12: Conclusion and Way Forward

Workshop and Consultation
Natural Capital Accounting - General