Joint OECD/UNECE Seminar on Implementation of SEEA took place in Geneva

The aim of the seminar is to provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and experiences on SEEA implementation and to facilitate coordination between all relevant partners in the OECD and UNECE regions. The main topics of the 2020 seminar are “Circular Economy”, “Environmental Goods and Services Sector” and “Experimental Ecosystem Accounting”. The seminar also informed about relevant international developments and capacity building activities of international organisations and countries in the region. Leading experts of the group of companies "Resources and Consulting", Doctor of Sciences, prof. Georgy Fomenko and PhD, Assoc. Marina Fomenko perticipated in the seminar.

The seminar was organized in the form of five sessions. The session “Measuring Circular Economy with SEEA” considered the concept of the circular economy and its various definitions, discussed related policy issues and how they could be informed with SEEA. Furthermore, it discussed with the use of examples of selected accounts (e.g. MFA, waste, energy) how these accounts can contribute to measuring a transition towards a circular economy. Session Objectives were to:
• Introduce the concept of circular economy and to discuss information requirements to manage and monitor the transition towards a circular economy;
• Identify the possible role of specific SEEA accounts in measuring the circular economy and to discuss related challenges and possible solutions. This will help countries in developing their SEEA implementation plans, but may also identify issues to be considered in a possible future review of the SEEA-CF and the development of methodological guidelines;
• Discuss ways of integrating information from different SEEA Accounts to monitor the circular economy, and their communication towards users.

The session “Measuring the Environmental Goods and Services Sector (EGSS)” discussed the increasing information needed to manage the environment through business, and provided insights for trade and business opportunities. It also discussed ways for implementation, including challenges that statistical offices may face in defining and measuring EGSS.
Session Objectives were to:
• Introduce EGSS;
• Showcase the implementation of EGSS with practical examples;
• Present examples of policy applications and discuss how EGSS could be used and communicated to better inform national and international policies.

The session “SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA)” presented an overview of SEEA, discussed the development of SEEA EEA in Europe and Eastern Partnership countries, and national and regional experience.
Session Objectives were to:
• Inform the participants on the current status of the revision process and outstanding issues on the research agenda;
• Illustrate practices in compiling selected accounts from the SEEA-EEA, using concrete examples;
• Present examples of policy applications and discuss how SEEA-EEA could be used and communicated to better inform national and international policies.

Within the framework of the session “SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA)” Georgy Fomenko together with Rosstat experts made a presentation “Implementation of SEEA and Ecosystem Accounts in the Russian Federation: Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges”. The presentation included information about the work on the formation of SEEA accounts and their implementation in statistical practice of the Russian Federation.

A new feature of this seminar was a poster session, which allowed the participants to present their work on SEEA in a more informal way. Cadaster Institute, together with Rosstat, prepared and presented the poster “Implementation of the SEEA in the Russian Federation”.
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