EGM on the Production of Statistics on Natural Resources and Environment

Ramses Hilton Hotel, Cairo, Egypt,  5 - 7 June, 2007


Information Note | Arabic


Letter to Participants | Arabic

Participants Nomination Form

List of Participants

Visa Information

List of Documents




Jordan | Arabic | Presentation

Lebanon | Presentation

Palestine | Arabic | Presentation




List of Documents

الحسابات البيئية والمائية في منطقة الاسكوا

عرض لحسابات البيئية والمائية في منطقة الاسكوا

An Experimental Monetary Water Account for Australia, 200304

Development of the SEEA 2003 and its implementation

Economic Information and the SEEAW Hybrid Accounts

Emission Accounts

From natural resources and environmental accounting to construction of indicators for sustainable development

Introduction to the System of Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA)

Global Assessment of Environment Statistics and Environmental-Economic Accounting

Governance of Water in Australia

Indicators and the System of Environmental and Economic Accounting for Water

Overview Global Assessment of Environment Statistics and Environmental-Economic Accounting

Overview of the Production of Statistics on Natural Resources and Environment in the ESCWA Region - Paper

Overview of the Production of Statistics on Natural Resources and Environment in the ESCWA Region

Overview of The System of Environmental and Economic Accounting for Water (SEEAW)

Physical Supply and Use Tables in SEEAW

Sector Report: Environment

Strengthening National Capacities in Environment Statistics, Indicators and Accounts in the ESCWA Region

System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water

The System of National Accounts in the ESCWA Region: Implementation Status and Future Challenges

Towards a Global Implementation Plan for SEEAW

Water Accounting in Australia

Water Issues in the Middle East Challenges and Opportunities

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), is organizing an expert group meeting on the production of statistics on natural resources and environment, jointly with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-ROWA), which
will be held in Ramses Hilton Hotel, Cairo, Egypt , during the period 5-6 June 2007.

I- Background

The economic development of the ESCWA region depends significantly on its natural resources. In fact, the ESCWA region is the world richest in energy resources, mainly oil resources (51% of world total) and gas resources (25% of world total), but it is among the poorest in freshwater resources, with an average per capita water resources of less than 1000 cubic meters. Therefore, a balance between economic and environmental policies is required to overcome the effects of overexploitation of fresh water resources, land degradation and desertification, depletion of energy and mineral resources, and deterioration of air and water quality, and to ensure sustainable growth and maintain a good quality of life in the region.

In order to address such problems and provide solutions, a broad-based program of environmental policies and regulations is needed. Appropriate and evidence-based monitoring of this program requires that ESCWA countries compile and disseminate timely, reliable, relevant, and comparable data on natural resources and the environment, and construct informative and readily usable databases related to various aspects of the environment for use by government officials, concerned stakeholders and the public.

Environmental accounting incorporates environment concerns into economic accounting and helps policy makers to monitor progress towards achievement of sustainable development. The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) has developed in 2003 the System of integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting
(SEEA), a satellite system that can be integrated into the National Accounts and which provides a systematic framework for the organization of the information on natural resources to study the interaction between the economy and the environment. In particular, the UNSD has been working since 2006 on the revision of the SEEA and the development of methodologies for water accounts (SEEAW) and for energy accounts.

ESCWA countries have increasingly realized that integration of economic and environmental issue is a key point in formulating effective sustainable development policies, and this was supported by a recommendation by the ESCWA Statistical Committee in its sixth meeting in 2004, inviting ESCWA countries to incorporate water accounts in their national accounts. Therefore, ESCWA had planned in its work programme of 2006-2007, activities to build capacity of member countries in environment statistics and environmental accounting and had organized this expert group meeting in collaboration with the UNSD and UNEP.

II- Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the Expert Group Meeting is (a) to provide an overview on the state of production of statistics and accounts on natural resources in the ESCWA region with particular focus on water resources; (b) to present the framework and the methodologies of the SEEAW, (c) to discuss the requirements for the advancement of the implementation of the SEEAW in ESCWA countries and (d) to set the recommendations according regional priorities to implement the SEEAW.

The EGM will concentrate on the production of statistics and accounts on water resources within the framework
of SEEAW. It will mainly discuss definitions and methodologies for flow accounts for water supply and use,
emission accounts, assets accounts, environmental protection and natural resources management expenditures
and valuation of water resources.

Expected outcomes of the meeting are agreed upon common framework for the development and
implementation of water accounting and review countries experiences or needs in producing the related data.

III- Tentative agenda of the meeting

The first day of the meeting will focus on Statistics and Accounts of Natural Resources and Environment in the
region and the System of integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA); the second and third
days will focus on methodologies for water accounts and the regional specificities and problems. Participants
will comment on the SEEAW and will propose recommendations to advance implementation of SEEAW in the
region. (A provisional Agenda is attached).

IV- Participation and registration

The meeting will bring together the experts from the National Statistical Offices, from Ministries of
Environment and Water Authorities in ESCWA member countries, as well as from concerned research centers,
to share their experiences in the developments of environment statistics and accounts programmes. Experts from the UN Statistics Division, UNEP-ROWA, the World Bank and Eurostat (MEDSTAT) will be participating at
the meeting. Nomination form to be filled by participants is attached.

V- Date and venue

The meeting will be held on 5-7 June 2007 in Cairo, Egypt, under the auspices of the Director of the Central
Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in Egypt.

VI- Documentation, methods of work and official languages

The working language is in English and Arabic. Interpretation will be available for both languages.
ESCWA will ask nominated delegates to prepare country papers to present them at the meeting.
The following deadlines and requirements apply:

  1. Participants in the EGM should submit a supporting paper or a country paper in English or Arabic, not
    exceeding 8 pages in length (including tables, references, annexes, etc), in MS Word format (via email) to Ms. Wafa Aboul Hosn ( by 30 April 2007 at the latest.
  2. ESCWA will make sure that papers will be made available on the ESCWA website at the following
  3. PowerPoint and pdf presentations should be sent to ESCWA by 21 May 2007 at the latest, so that these can be prepared for presentation at the meeting.
  4. Delegates are encouraged to download the papers from the website and bring their copies to the meeting.
  5. ESCWA will post the presentations on the website after the meeting.

VII- Accommodation and travel arrangements

The meeting will take place at the Ramses-Hilton hotel, Cairo. Participants are encouraged to stay in this
hotel to facilitate transportation and commuting. The hotel details are as follows:

Ramses Hilton , 1115 Corniche El Nile, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +20 2 577 7444 Ext. 270 Direct:+20 2 394 7021
Fax:+20 2 394 6938
c/o Ms. Samah Abdallah

ESCWA will cover the participation of one representative from the national statistical office in each
member country at 88% DSA, including lunch. Other participants are expected to attend at their own expenses.
Nominated participants are requested to fill nomination form and send copies of their passport in order to
finalize the administrative arrangements concerning their travel to:

Ms. Wafa Aboul Hosn
fax +961-1-981 510





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