Ecosystem accounting in support of the transition to sustainable societies – the case for a parsimonious and inclusive measurement of ecosystem condition
|Author(s)||Comte Adrien1, 2, Kervinio Yann1, Levrel Harold1, 2|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : CIRED, AgroParisTech, CIRAD, CNRS, EHESS, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Université de Paris-Saclay, Campus du Jardin Tropical, Nogent-sur-Marne, France
2 : Université de Brest, Ifremer, CNRS, UMR6308 AMURE, IUEM, Plouzané, France
|Source||CIRED Working Paper, 2020-01 , N. 76 , P. 30p.|
|Keyword(s)||Environmental accounting, ecosystem accounting, SEEA-EEA, sustainability, ecosystem condition, environmental standards, biodiversity values.|
The development of ecosystem accounting systems at national levels to complete current wealth indicators with robust information on ecosystem degradation or enhancement is a crucial challenge, recognized in international strategies. However, the methodologies remain under development building, at the global level, on an experimental ecosystem accounting framework (the SEEA-EEA). Building on this framework and current academic discussions, this article aims at proposing a methodological advance for aligning the SEEA-EEA with the needs of ecosystem management and the principles of strong sustainability. It consists in structuring ecosystem condition measurement into a parsimonious and inclusive set of characteristics, indicators and reference levels with an explicit and inclusive value basis. This sets the grounds for the development of sound and policy-relevant ecosystem monitoring systems and the production of meaningful macro-aggregate indicators of ecosystem degradation at national levels.