Africa Natural Capital Accounting Community of Practice Webinar Series

The Use of Natural Capital Accounts in Policy Scenario Analysis

DATE: Thursday, October 29, 2020 
12:00 - 13:30 UTC / 14:00 - 15:30 CEST / 16:00 - 17:30 EAT / 09:00 - 10:30 E

Recording of the Webinar  
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Presentation of the Webinar

As part of the Africa NCA Community of Practice (CoP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) offers to host a webinar on the subject of “The Use of Natural Capital Accounts in Policy Scenario Analysis”.
This webinar is inspired by ongoing work jointly with United Nations Statistics Division to develop “Guidelines on the use of ecosystem accounts in policy scenario analysis in the context of SEEA EEA” as part of the EU-funded Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (NCAVES) project.
We are delighted that Professor Andrea Bassi, Founder and CEO, KnowlEdge Srl and extraordinary associate professor of System Dynamics Modelling at Stellenbosch University will present his work on development of the guidelines and experience in application of the modelling techniques in examples from Africa. 
The objective of this webinar is to raise understanding within the CoP of techniques for the use of natural capital accounts, especially ecosystem accounts, in scenario analysis to inform policy decision making, drawing on examples from Africa. There will be an extended moderated discussion in which countries are invited to share their experiences of the use of natural capital accounts in policy making, and what is needed to do so in future.  

Moderator: Will Speller / Monica Lopez Conlon, UNEP 

Program Outline:
1. Welcome - Peter Katanisa, World Bank (2-3 mins)
2. Background – Will Speller / Monica Lopez Conlon, UNEP (2-3 mins) 
Overview of the context for the webinar and the development of the guidelines as part of the EU-funded NCAVES project. 
3. The use of natural capital accounts in policy scenario analysis: guidelines and examples – Andrea Bassi, KnowlEdge Srl and Stellenbosch University (30 mins) 
Technical presentation on the role that ecosystem accounts can play in policy scenario analysis, focusing on defining scenario analysis, methods the development of scenarios, approaches to modelling, linking models to policy decisions, and the application of real-life policy examples in Africa. 
4. Moderated discussion - All speakers (40 mins) 
Open Q&A with the audience. 
Participants are invited to ask questions of the presenters and to share their own experiences of the use of natural capital accounts in policymaking in general, and through scenario analysis specifically. 

Please register in advance for the webinar via the registration weblink above.