WWAP Publishes Green Accounting for Water Report
August 2012: The World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)Â has published a report, titled â€śGreen Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources,â€ť which examines the incorporation of water-related indicators into environmental accounting systems by the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEAW), Eurostat, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).
The report highlights the importance of water data for improving decision making. ItÂ discusses: lifting the veil of ignorance; data definitions and sources; constraints on better water monitoring and reporting; international initiatives for valuing the environment in national accounting; and the WWAP perspective.
The report emphasizes that data is critical in addressing a number of challenges including: water for food production; urban water supply; wastewater treatment; businesses' water footprint; extreme event vulnerability; ecosystem and environmental impacts of water abstraction and pollution; climate change impacts; and gender inequality.
It concludes by welcoming the current initiatives to incorporate water data into decision making and calls for â€śurgent progressâ€ť in the broader collection of water data, particularly for the indicators defined in the 4th World Water Development Report (WWDR4), in order to achieve sustainable water development. [Publication: Green Accounting and Data Improvement for Water Resources] [WWAP Press Release]