Ocean Accounts: The Economy and Beyond

19 Oct 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

Organizer: ESCAP Statistics Division
Where: Conference room 2, United Nation Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand
When: Friday, 19 October 2018, 12:00-13:00 hours

Asia-Pacific is home to the most biologically diverse and productive marine ecosystems on Earth. From fisheries to marine-based tourism, our ocean is a vital source of livelihood, employment, nutrition and economic growth and is essential in balancing our climate. Marine and coastal ecosystems are the first line of defence from saltwater inundation and storms. Yet, rampant marine pollution, ocean acidification and warming, destructive fishing practices, unstainable trade and transport, and inadequate coastal and marine governance threaten the health of our ocean and its capacity to nurture sustainable development. Countries in Asia-Pacific are both major sources of ocean degradation and highly vulnerable to its impacts.

- Introduction: Hongjoo Hahm, Officer-in-Charge, ESCAP
- Overview of the Ocean Accounts Partnership: Natalie Harms, Environment and Development Division, ESCAP
- What do Ocean Accounts look like?: Michael Bordt, Statistics Division, ESCAP
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It is the side event at the Committee on Statistics, 6th session, Bangkok, Thailand, 16-19 October 2018 (https://www.unescap.org/intergovernmental-meetings/committee-statistics-...).