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25 February 2021 | Open meeting

Virtual meeting, New York, United States of America
From experimental ocean accounts to SEEA-Ocean

The side-event during the 52nd Session of the UN Statistical Commission on "From experimental ocean accounts to SEEA-Ocean", was organized by UN-ESCAP with Canada, the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership, UNSD and the World Bank. The meeting was held virtually on Thursday, 25 February 2021 from 09:00-11:00 EST / 15:00-17:00 CET / 21:00-23:00 ICT.

The side event was highlighted and discussed:

  • Policy relevance and demand for ocean accounts 
  • Global importance of progressing methodological guidance for ocean accounting
  • Advancing SEEA-Oceans
25 Feb 2021
09:00
09:10
Welcome (10 minutes)
09:10
10:10
Around the Globe (60 minutes)

A panel debate providing perspectives from decision-makers, statisticians and scientists on the policy relevance and demand for ocean accounts and the importance of progressing methodological guidance for ocean accounting

10:10
10:30
Where to next? (20 minutes)

Reflections by international partners on the SEEA-Ocean proposal put to the Statistical Commission

10:30
10:50
Open debate (20 minutes)

Comments, reactions, questions from the audience

10:50
11:00
Summary and closing (10 minutes)
Philip James
Philip James
Marine Economist, Marine and Fisheries Directorate / Dpt. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom
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Phil is an environmental economist with over 12 years experience in academia, national governments and international organisations. He specialises in marine and fisheries issues with a keen interest in small scale fisheries. In his current position at the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) he is the analytical lead for Defra’s official development assistance spending on sustainable seafood and marine ecosystems. Phil also holds an affiliate faculty post with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawai’i.

Katesaraporn Wimonrat
Katesaraporn Wimonrat
Policy and Plan Analyst / Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thailand
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Katesaraporn Wimonrat (Katie), is currently senior policy and plan analyst. She has worked in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports for more than 5 years in Economics Tourism and Sports Division, the Office of Permanent Secretary. She serves as the main focal point for Thailand Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) and Thailand Tourism Statistics both domestically and internationally. She is in charge of Thailand Tourism Satellite Account-System of Environmental Economic Accounting (TSA-SEEA) and a supporter of the pilot study in regional Thailand TSA-SEEA which is under the National Science and Technology Development Agency. She also takes a position in the team of Tourism Master Plan under the Coordinating Unit on the Promotion of the National Reform, Strategy and Cohesion which will be responsible for Thailand Tourism Policy. Katie plays an important role from the agency for environmental issue linked to tourism and encourages environmental-tourism awareness and understanding for internal and all stakeholders.

Crystal Bradley
Crystal Bradley
Assistant Director, Environmental-Economic Accounts & International Partnerships for Nature / Dpt. of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Government
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Crystal is a policy advisor with over 20 years of experience in government within social services and environment portfolios. She has a background in environmental science and law, with recent experience in environmental-economic accounting, and forest and biodiversity policy. As an Assistant Director in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Crystal is currently leading Australia’s ocean account development program, including ocean accounting commitments under the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and regional capacity building activities.

Carolyn Cahill
Carolyn Cahill
Director, Environment and Energy Statistics / Statistics Canada
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Carolyn Cahill is Director of Statistics Canada’s Environment and Energy Statistics Division.  She has been working on environmental statistics and accounts since joining Statistics Canada in 2006.  Carolyn is also responsible for the energy statistics program, and its contribution to the new Canadian Centre for Energy Information. Prior to joining Statistics Canada in 2006, she was Senior Policy Advisor at the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, where she worked on several programs focussing on long-term energy futures, health and the environment and sustainable development indicators.  

Ken Findlay
Ken Findlay
Research Chair, Oceans Economies / Cape Peninsula University of Technology
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Prof Ken Findlay is the current Research Chair: Oceans Economy at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town, South Africa. At CPUT Ken directs the Centre for Sustainable Oceans, focusing on oceans economies, blue economies and ocean governance to balance ocean health and human resource – use benefits from the ocean space. Expanding oceans economies place increasing stresses on the ocean systems, and the sustainability and inclusivity aspects of ocean resource-use governance require increased attention. Ken plays an important role in a number of ocean accounting initiatives in the Southern African region.

Teerapong Praphotjanaporn
Teerapong Praphotjanaporn
The Global Ocean Accounts Partnership
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Voices from co-organizers

Rikke Munk Hansen
Rikke Munk Hansen
Chief of Economic and Environment Statistics Section, Statistics Division, ESCAP
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Rikke Munk Hansen is the Chief of Economic and Environment Statistics Section and the officer-in-charge of Statistics Division, ESCAP. She has worked with sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific during the past 21 years, including on statistics, the energy sector, and programme management and evaluation. Rikke manages ESCAP’s work on economic and environment statistics, including its efforts to develop guidance on disaster-related statistics. Rikke holds a Master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Aalborg University, Denmark and the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Alessandra Alfieri
Alessandra Alfieri
UNSD
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Voices from co-organizers

Olaf Schwab
Olaf Schwab
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
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Anthony Dvarskas
Anthony Dvarskas
Regional Adviser on Environment Statistics, UNESCAP
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Prior to joining ESCAP, Dr. Dvarskas served as Chief Scientist with the New York State Office of the Attorney General's Environmental Protection Bureau since 2019. He was an Assistant Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University from 2014-2019, worked with UNSD's Environmental-Economic Accounting section in 2013, and led environmental economic assessments of oils spills at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States from 2008 to 2012. Before joining NOAA, he also worked with the World Resources Institute from 2004 to 2008 on issues ranging from greenhouse gas accounting to evaluation of economic benefits associated with coral reef ecosystems.

Dr. Dvarskas has extensive experience in many areas related to environmental statistics, including implementation of components of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA); development and compilation of indicators for monitoring ecosystem services; creation of joint models linking economic and environmental sectors in marine and coastal areas; valuation of ecosystem services; accounting approaches for greenhouse gas emissions; and assessment of community vulnerability to climate change. Further, he has expertise in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to visually represent and analyze environmental data, as well as the use of statistical software for analyzing trends and developing predictive models.

Catherine Van Rompaey
Catherine Van Rompaey
World Bank
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Voices from co-organizers

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