Linking Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and the SEEA

Around the world there are tremendous challenges surrounding the use and management of water resources. The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) was established in 2008 to promote the stewardship of water resources, and in 2014 they released the first International Water Stewardship Standard. It is premised on the idea that improved management of water resources must be context driven, i.e. considering site (farm) and catchment level issues and solutions.

In the wake of the advancements in the development of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), AWS saw an opportunity to use an internationally comparable measurement approach as the basis for measurement and transparency in the implementation of the AWS Standard. To this end, AWS engaged IDEEA Group to describe the potential ways in which the SEEA could be applied in the six steps of the AWS Standard.

This introductory report outlines a variety of ways in which the SEEA could support implementation including; ensuring coherence of data across scales and enabling site; catchment and administrative level narratives can be aligned; and providing a common language for the communication and framing of management responses and outcomes. The report identifies seven key benefits from linking the AWS Standard and the SEEA and recommends undertaking case studies to demonstrate the potential opportunities for firms, catchment managers, industry and sector leaders.

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Natural Capital Protocol – System of Environmental Economic Accounting Toolkit

This draft Toolkit which examines the links between the Natural Capital Protocol (NCP) and the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) is intended to form the basis for a discussion about the ways in which these two tools for natural capital accounting (NCA) might be combined to further support advances in this important area of work. The Toolkit focuses specifically on placing the accounting framework and approach of the SEEA within the broader natural capital assessment process articulated in the NCP.

The Toolkit was a discussion paper for a workshop titled “Combining forces on Natural Capital” held in London on 31 August, 2017. The workshop was supported by the Natural Capital Coalition, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and IDEEA Group.

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World first species diversity accounts for Uganda

In many countries economic development threatens biodiversity. At the same time, biodiversity and the associated natural capital can provide significant opportunities for development such as through expanded wildlife based tourism and sustainable harvesting of natural products.

IDEEA Group has worked with Ugandan Government departments and the UNEP World Centre for Monitoring Conservation to create a clear and credible evidence base to understand the extent of human and economic impact on species biodiversity in Uganda. This is a world-first application of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting – Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EEA) framework to compile species accounts at the national level.

The report provides significant insights into the state and trends in ecosystems and biodiversity for Uganda that will be used to assess national progress towards the objectives of Uganda’s National Development Plan (NDP II), its National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan (NBSAP II), and various international commitments (e.g. Aichi targets and SDGs). At a program and sector level, the report identifies cost-effective actions that can help to re-establish and sustain valuable natural capital assets in ways that support positive social development outcomes.

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Ecosystem Accounting 101

This week IDEEA Group attended the Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum hosted by ACES in Brisbane. We delivered a workshop on Ecosystem Accounting 101 that was strongly attended, and well received. A handout of key slides from that workshop is attached.

If you’re interested in hosting an IDEEA Group Ecosystem Accounting workshop, or in receiving more in-depth training, please contact us via our website.

Why so much interest in Environmental-Economic Accounting?

IDEEA Group Director Carl Obst recently published an article on environmental-economic accounting as part of The Conversation’s series on ‘The Way We Measure’. With over 3,000 reads and more than 800 shares – more than for any previously published – it “clearly struck a chord” according to The Conversation’s Deputy Editor, Business and Economy Josh Nicholas. Here’s the link if you want to find out why:

http://theconversation.com/australia-must-make-the-environment-integral-to-economic-decision-making-69037