FAO and World Bank join forces for capacity development in Uganda
Training on Environmental Economic Accounting and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
15 - 17 April 2016, Kampala, Uganda
A workshop jointly organized by FAO and the World Bank took place in Kampala, Uganda on Apr 15-17 2016, for a training on Environmental and Economic Accounting and GHG emissions. The workshop gathered 23 participants from the Ministries and National Agencies primarily involved in the development of Uganda agricultural and environmental statistics and national environmental and economic accounts.
Economic activities depend on the environment and its resources and in turn also have an impact on it. The development of a System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Central Framework (SEEA CF) – a UN statistical standard (adopted in 2012 by the UNSC) – aims at organizing relevant statistical information within an integrated framework, coherent with the System of National Accounts (SNA 2008), to facilitate analysis of key processes and their evaluation. FAO and the UN Statistical Division have further developed a satellite application of the SEEA Central Framework (SEEA CF), the SEEA for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (SEEA Agriculture).
An important outcome of economic activities with global planetary consequences is the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. Countries have committed to long term emissions reductions and adaptation to climate change within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), notably with the most recent agreements of the Paris UNFCCC Conference of the Parties. FAO supports its member countries assess the linkages between agriculture, forestry and other land use activities, including through the provision of reference GHG emission data by country via the FAOSTAT Emissions database.
This training which is part of a World Bank supported project on Improving Statistics for Sustainable Agriculture (ISSA) provided essential background information on the SEEA, with a focus on SEEA Agriculture, as well as a detailed overview of the FAOSTAT Emissions database, and their applications in countries. The structure and scope of the SEEA Agriculture was investigated by exploring opportunities to support, from the point of view of national statistics, key international processes such as monitoring and reporting for Sustainable Development Goals indicators and greenhouse gas emissions according to UNFCCC. Data sources available internationally and in Uganda were explored, applied and tested with practical exercises.
The workshop was attended by seventeen national experts from the following Ministries and Agencies:
• Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF)
• Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE)
• National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
• National Forestry Authority (NFA)
• Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS)
They were joined by three staff from FAO headquarters as trainers and three from the World Bank ISSA team.
Participants highlighted the importance of similar initiatives towards strengthening national statistical processes, and in particular for improving synergies at national level in the area of climate change and sustainable development goals.
Follow-up activities from FAO and World Bank to Uganda in this area will focus on support for data and methodological development needs, including the possibility to involve national agencies in Uganda in the implementation phase of the SEEA Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.