The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized a Regional Expert Workshop on Land Accounting for SDG Monitoring and Reporting. The workshop was held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand, from 25 to 27 September 2017.
The overall aim of the workshop was to address member States’ stated requirements for technical guidance on how to begin or improve their land accounts. The 3-day workshop brought together NSOs and natural resource departments with regional and international experts.
The workshop consists 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 were invited. Countries representatives were from the NSO and a natural resources department, both of whom are responsible for producing land statistics.