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Environmental-Economic Accounts are increasingly a mainstream tool for measuring the condition of the environment, the contribution of the environment to the economy and the impact of the economy on the environment. Water Accounts, Land Accounts, Greenhouse Gas Emission Accounts and Energy Accounts are just some of the more commonly available environmental-economic accounts. However, ecosystems are of increasing national, regional and global importance and countries are asking: why invest in ocean accounts? The purpose of this brief is to share details of a Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting co-hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the University of New South Wales, Australia which explored this question. The brief exchanges knowledge and presents insights shared by participants.


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