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To support countries in strengthening their environment statistics, ESCAP has convened sub-regional workshops and an Expert Workshop on Land Accounting. ESCAP has also participated in workshops and technical assistance at the national level in several member States.
List of Events and Activities
Sub-regional Workshops on Environment Statistics
Several countries in Asia and the Pacific have expressed the need to improve environment statistics programmes of national statistical offices (NSOs) to respond to demands arising from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other national development priorities.
The workshops on environment statistics for Asia-Pacific sub-regions – Pacific, Southeast Asia, South and Southwest Asia, East and Northeast Asia, and North and Central Asia – offer opportunities to build capacity on basic approaches to environment statistics, the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES) and the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), as well as strategic planning for improving environment statistics.
The workshops bring together participants from countries that have expressed a need to strengthen their capacity to:
Conduct strategic planning for environment statistics,
Identify, document and prioritize available data and statistics,
Compile basic environment statistics, and
Conduct work planning to improve environment statistics.
The target audience for the workshops is mid-to-senior-level technical staff from NSOs, data providers (environment and natural resource departments) and data users (finance and planning departments).
The workshops are opportunities for participants to:
Present their national context with respect to environment statistics,
Understand the role and scope of statistical standards (SEEA) and guidelines (FDES), and how they can be used to address the SDGs,
Understand the need and approaches to strategic planning and documenting the key datasets in the National Statistical System, and
Understand the role of ESCAP in supporting the development of environment statistics.
Participants are provided, in advance, with the ESCAP Diagnostic Tool. They are expected to present a 15-minute overview of the application of the Diagnostic Tool to their country context. In addition, participants from offices with existing environment statistics programmes are invited to present as showcase countries during other workshop sessions.
Sub-Regional Workshops on Environment Statistics
13-15 March 2017
Incheon, Republic of Korea
6-8 February 2017
2-4 November 2016
14-16 September 2016
15-17 November 2017
Purpose of the workshop
The overall aim of the workshop is to address member States’ stated requirements for technical guidance on how to begin or improve their land accounts.
The 3-day workshop will bring together NSOs and natural resource departments with regional and international experts. The workshop will consist of four main components:
Case studies by member States’ activities in land, forest and ecosystem accounting, including presentation of objectives, approaches, results and remaining challenges;
Focused training on aspects identified by participants (including links to SDGs, NSDI, forest accounting, ecosystems and oceans); and
Guided technical assistance and problem-solving labs with regional experts.
Related initiatives and support by international organizations
Member States which have initiated or have expressed their readiness to initiate land, forest or ecosystem accounts will be invited. Two participants from each selected country will be nominated: one from the NSO and another from a natural resources department, both of whom are responsible for producing land statistics.
Participants will be requested to make a short presentation on their priorities, status of work, challenges of land statistics. If work is in progress, they are invited to bring their data (in GIS, maps and tables) for detailed discussion during the technical assistance and problem-solving labs.
 National Spatial Data Infrastructure, see: http://ggim.un.org/knowledgebase/KnowledgebaseCategory3.aspx.
Vital information to monitor and evaluate progress towards SDG 14 is available, but it is fragmented across scientific domains, policy frameworks and institutions. ESCAP and UN Environment are leading a global effort to develop statistical guidance based on the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA). The Ocean Accounts Framework provides guidance on selecting, prioritizing and standardizing data of national, regional and global importance, so that it can be integrated and thereby provide a comprehensive view. This requires a conversation among scientists, policy makers and statisticians.
12-15 November 2019
1-3 August 2018
25-27 September 2017
Other Related Workshops
Climate Change-Related Statistics
The ESCAP course on Climate Change Statistics combines modules from the SEEA-CF, SEEA-EEA, SEEA-AFF, Ocean Accounts with an overview of climate change science. Participants are guided through a week-long exercise to determine climate change priorities in their countries, research appropriate data and make recommendations for statistical development to address their priorities.
Other Related Workshops
18-25 November and 2 December 2020
17-21 September 2018
Kyrgyzstan National Workshop on Shared Environmental Information Systems (SEIS) and Environmental Statistics for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
11 - 14 June 2018
27 November - 1 December 2017
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