Knowledge Sharing: Czech experience on economic accounting of ecosystems

May 20, 2016

Photo Credit: Vlad Ushakov

18-19 May during the workshop the Czech representatives from the Department of Human Dimensions of Global Change, Global Change Research Centre, and Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, David Vačkář, Zuzana V. Harmáčková, Adam Pártl and Marta Sylla shared their knowledge on System of Economic and Environmental Accounting and Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EEA) principles, classifications, models and indicators for ecosystem accounting and economic valuation of ecosystem services.

Czech experts aimed to assist Kyrgyz partners to develop capacity and technical skills for implementation of SEEA-EEA.

The representatives of relevant state bodies on introduction of SEEA-EEA participated in the workshop, which aimed at improving and strengthening the capacity of local partners in the area of ecosystem accounting and introduction of the Kyrgyz Republic’s experience on the launch of the system.

This methodology combines information and data on the environment and its role in economics and sustainable development interlinked with Sustainable Development Goals assessment.

During the mission it was also expected to have a workshop for the staff members of the “Kyzyl-Unkur” forestry, located in Jalal-Abad oblast to build capacity of local partners on ecosystems accounting. The “Kyzyl-Unkur” forestry was selected as a pilot place for launching this system in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Kyrgyz Republic recognizes current trends in natural capital accounting and sees potential in building a System of Environmental-Economic Accounting. Testing and implementation of SEEA-EEA was already launched by National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic with the support of UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative and State Agency for Environmental Protection with contribution of several other institutions and organizations. The mission is organised within the project funded by the Czech Trust Fund and UNDP-UNEP Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) in the Kyrgyz Republic.

More information about Poverty-Environment Initiative is available at: http://www.unpei.org 

Aigul Bolotova, UNDP Sustainable Development Communication Specialist

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