Asia and the Pacific Regional Expert Workshop on Ocean Accounts, Bangkok

Great to be a part of a foundational workshop kicking of the process to develop a System of Ocean Accounts 2025, complementing the current System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA). There are three key areas of focus over the three days including ocean science, ocean statistics and ocean governance.

Some useful examples have been shown including Australian work and links to accounting for poverty and the environment

How can tourism drive sustainable development in the MENA region?

With tourism’s contribution to Middle Eastern GDP expected to increase from $200 billion to over $350 billion by 2025, the sustainability of its impact on local economic development will be vital to the regions’ social and ecological future.
IDEEA Group will be there when Ministers of Tourism and industry leaders in the Middle Easter and North African region (MENA) attend the UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum to discuss how to capitalise on tourism growth while building a sustainable ecosystem.
IDEEA Group’s Carl Obst will attend the Forum as panelist to talk on the topic of Tourism’s contribution to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and diversification in the MENA region. Carl will highlight the important role that SEEA based planning and reporting frameworks have to play in defining and assessing sustainable development strategies and targets, speaking on behalf of UNTWO about their Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST) Initiative.
This event provides an opportunity for local experts interested in learning more about Environmental Economic Accounting, SEEA and MST to meet Carl and discuss your own challenges for measuring and reporting on the social and environmental outcomes of economic development.

How can we reduce poverty while protecting the environment?

It’s long been understood that extreme poverty and environmental degradation are interrelated problems. SEEA now provides a framework for international agencies, INGOs and governments in developing countries to better understand and address this poverty-environment nexus.

Spatially integrating social, economic and environmental data enables better coordinated and geographically targeted policies and initiatives to reduce poverty and restore ecosystem health.

IDEEA Groups’ Mark Eigenraam talks about this opportunity following his presentation on the  Poverty and Environment Accounting Framework (PEAF) at UNESCAP’s Sub-Regional Workshop on Environmental Statistics for ASEAN Countries .