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High-level officials from statistics offices in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean met in Panama City June 27-28, 2013 to promote the importance of strengthening environmental statistics and natural capital accounting (NCA) in the region and using the data to influence policy and sustainable development.

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Participants at a WAVES workshop in Mauritius. - Photo:Ricardo Martinez-Lagunes/UNDESA

A workshop on water accounts and statistics held May 8-10 brought together participants from the national statistics offices and water, environment ministries, and other agencies from Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

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A vendor sells fruits on the street.

In the past year, WAVES partner countries have agreed upon priority accounts and made great strides in moving their work plans forward.

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A lady rows a traditional boat in the Okavango delta in Botswana. - Photo: Shutterstock

High-level political buy-in for natural capital accounting in Botswana has helped the country advance on WAVES work.

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Over 25 ministers and vice-ministers of finance, development, and environment attended the High-level Ministerial Dialogue on Natural Capital Accounting (NCA), on the eve of the World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, DC on April 18, 2013.

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Group photo of the participants at the third annual WAVES Partnership meeting.

The third annual WAVES (Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services) Partnership meeting brought together more than 100 experts who are at the forefront of advancing work on natural capital accounting (NCA) as a means to promote sustainable growth and fight issues such as poverty and climate change.

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Ministers discussing ways to use natural capital accounting

Ministers from Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco discussed ways to use Natural Capital Accounting to encourage green growth in the Middle East and North Africa.

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