The Project “Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services” has been established to advance the knowledge agenda on environmental-economic accounting, in particular ecosystem accounting, by initiating pilot testing of the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in five strategic partner countries to the European Union (EU), namely Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity are the implementing agencies of the project “Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services. This project is funded by the European Union.
The objective of the project is threefold: (a) improving the measurement of ecosystems and their services (both in physical and monetary terms) at the (sub)national level; and (b) mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystems in (sub)national level policy-planning and implementation; (c) contributing to the development of internationally agreed methodology and its use in partner countries. The project was launched in India in 2017 with MOSPI as nodal agency. A number of ecosystem accounts have already been compiled at the national level which have been published in 2018 and 2019, with additional accounts being compiled. In parallel, a pilot is being conducted in Karnataka State.
UN Environment is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UN Environment Ecosystems Division works with international and national partners, providing technical assistance and capacity development for the implementation of environmental policy, and strengthening the environmental management capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The consultant will work for the Ecosystem Services Economics Unit in the Ecosystems Division to perform the execution of different work packages of The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) projects, and specifically on the projects “Natural Capital and Valuation of Ecosystem Services” (NCAVES) funded by the European Commission.
The consultant will report to the TEEB Coordinator, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit (ESE) in the Ecosystems Division and to the Head of the UN Environment National Office for India located in New Delhi.