South Africa was one of seven pilot countries involved in a global initiative called Advancing SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting, led by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), with funding from the Government of Norway. Within South Africa, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) have worked in partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to take this project forward.
Phase 1 of the global Advancing Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (AEEA) project ran from mid-2014 to September 2015. A second phase of the project is likely to be initiated during 2016.
The project reports from Phase 1 of the project in South Africa are available at these links:
- National River Ecosystem Accounts Discussion Document FINAL
- Land and Ecosystem Accounting in KZN Discussion Document FINAL
- AEEA South Africa Phase 1 – Stakeholder Engagement Report FINAL