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Environmental Economic Accounting for the ESCWA Region


The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) held an expert group meeting entitled Environmental Economic Accounting for the ESCWA Region in Beirut on 14-16 October 2009. The meeting was held to discuss the publication Framework for Environmental Economic Accounting in the ESCWA Region, prepared by ESCWA in 2009, which led to an implementation programme for the System of Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA) in member countries. The meeting was attended by 27 participants, representing ESCWA member countries, non-ESCWA countries, and regional and international organizations. Discussions focused on the SEEA framework, the SEEA for water, sub-accounts of priority, environmental protection expenditure, cost of environmental degradation, and experience in these fields at the country and regional level. They concluded with a set of recommendations addressed to ESCWA member countries, the Commission, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the League of Arab States, with the aim of implementing SEEA in all ESCWA member countries.