Based on our Assessment of capacity development needs of the countries in Asia and the Pacific for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, the region needs strengthening of technical capacity, coordination, governance, data and statistics, awareness, stakeholder engagement and partnerships.
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 Platform will provide guidance on electing, 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.
To facilitate this conversation, ESCAP invited national and international experts for the first Asia and the Pacific Regional Expert Workshop on Ocean Accounts in Bangkok on 1-3 August 2018.
The workshop provided guidance for testing in national pilot studies, including reviews of governance gaps and good practices.
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- Keynote: Statistics (ESCAP)
- Issue 1: Spatial units and ecosystem classification for ocean accounts (ESCAP)
- Side discussion 1: Spatial Units and Ecosystem Classification - Using EMUs as Spatial Units for Ocean Accounting (AIT)
- Side discussion 1: Ocean Accounts: GIS map (ESCAP)
- Side discussion 2: Introduction to SEEA (ESCAP)
- Side discussion 2: SEEA framework, revision process and research agenda (UNSD)
- Side discussion 3: Accelerating SDG 14 Implementation (ESCAP)
- Indonesia Scoping Report
- Issue 2: Classifying ecosystem services (Stony Brook University, USA)
- Issue 3: Disaster Risk and Climate Change (ESCAP)
- Ocean Science: Planning for the Future (Stony Brook University, USA)
- Issue 4: Links to social concerns (IIED)
- Issue 5: Links to economic concerns (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
- Side discussion 4: Climate change and ocean accounts in Bangladesh: National approach towards SDGs monitoring
- Side discussion 5: Modelling Fish Density (ESCAP)
- Side discussion 6: Applying SEEA EEA to Marine and Coastal Areas: Long Island Bays (Stony Brook University)
- Side discussion 7: Blue Economy: Initiatives in the East Asian Seas (PEMSEA)
- Case study: Vanuatu - Preliminary National Diagnostic for Ocean Accounts
- Issue 6: Global Data Availability (GEO)
- Issue 7: Progress on Measuring SDG 14 (Papua New Guinea and ESCAP)
- Keynote Lecture: Ocean Governance (ESCAP)
- Issue 8: Ocean Governance (ESCAP)
- Issue 9: Modelling and ocean accounts (CSIRO)
- Side discussion 8: Global Ecosystem Mapping for UN SEEA Ecosystem Accounting (United States Geological Survey)
- Side discussion 9: Poverty-Environment Accounting Framework (PEAF): Accounting for social issues (IDEEA Group)
- Side discussion 10: The natural capital protocol for the Ocean (Conservation International)
- Regional assessment and diagnostic tool (ESCAP)
- Issue 10: Ocean Accounts summary and way forward (ESCAP)