MEDSTAT II Environment Sector / UNESCWA / UNSD Joint Sub-regional Training Session on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water (SEEAW)

3 October to 13 March, 2008 , Radisson SAS, Amman

 A. Event Details
Information Note
Registration Form
Agenda (AR)
List of Participants
Training (Ar)
 B. Background Documents
System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water
SEEAW Annex1 (Ar)
SEEAW Chapters 3-4 (Ar)
 C. Questionnaires
Water Questionnaire 2006
Questionnaire 2006 Water (Ar)
Questionnaire 2006 Water (En)
Questionnaire Water list (En, Ar)
UNSD Water Questionnaire draft V5
 D. PP Presentations
Asset Accounts
PSUT Concept
Intro to SEEAW - Part1
Hybrid SSEAW
Fianl Losses in Distribution
Asset Accounts (Ar)
PSUT Concept (Ar)
PSUT Methods
Emissions (Ar)
 E. Exercises
Asset Accounts: ESCWA Exercise
Emission exercise SEEAW MV
Exercise on PSUT - Cola City and Cow Town
Final Emissions Exercise Answers MV
Final PSUT Exercise Answers Mar 2008
Mar 2008 Exercise on PSUT
Sample data table SEEAW MV WAH
Final Emissions Exercise (Ar)
Final Losses in Distribution Exercise
SEEAW Hybrid Accounts Exercise
Country Review Exercise
 F. Country Papers
Country paper Palestine

MEDSTAT II Environment sector is organizing a sub-regional training session on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water (SEEAW), jointly with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) which will be held in Amman, Jordan, during the period 10-13 March 2008.

I- Background

Water scarcity is a major challenge facing of the Mashreq Mediterranean countries and the Arabian Peninsula. Countries of the region face major challenges in developing reliable, high quality, timely and comparable statistics on water and environment to strengthen water management and decision-making processes. In that context, the economic analysis of water use is very important for sustainable management of water resources. Water accounting provides a robust framework for producing and integrating hydrological and economic information on water for managers and decision-makers. The importance of integrated economic environment approach and in particular the development of water accounting has been confirmed by the MEDSTAT II Environment Task Force in June 2007 and by ESCWA Statistical Committee recommendation in 2004 and the adoption of the System of Environmental and Economic Accounting for Water Resources (SEEAW) as an international statistical standard by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2007.

ESCWA through the recently funded project "Strengthening National Capacities in Environment Statistics, Indicators and Accounts in support of progress toward achieving the internationally agreed development goals in the ESCWA and ECLAC[1] Regions", will assist to enhance the national capacities of Member States in environment statistics, indicator and accounts in order to integrate environmental concerns into economic development, thus supporting progress towards achieving environmental sustainability and related international agreed development goals member countries and therefore is implementing the activity  "Sub regional workshop on environment statistics, indicators and accounts for ESCWA".

The United Nations Statistics Division, having developed the SEEAW are currently developing addition materials to assist countries implementing the new international standard and are providing expertise to assist in the training. The SEEAW is available from the UNSD website (see ) and participants should print and read this prior to the training.

The cooperation between MEDSTAT II, ESCWA and UNSD enhances inter-regional synergies, maximizes cost effectiveness, and contributes to sub-regional, regional and interregional networking.

[1] the Economic Commission For Latin America and The Caribbean (ECLAC)


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