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Completing the Picture - Environmental Accounting in Practice
Australia’s natural capital or environment assets are worth $4,574 billion and accounted for more than half of Australia’s total economic wealth in 2009-10 found the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The value of our natural capital in current price terms, trebled between 2000-01 and 2009-10, driven by rises in mineral commodities and land values.
Some of the key data included in the publication are:
The new ABS publication Completing the Picture: Environmental Accounting in Practice explores the relationships between economic activity and the environment, and which help to address concerns over sustainability, climate change, the Murray-Darling Basin and green growth. This publication follows the adoption of the System of Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA) as an international statistical standard by the United Nations Statistical Commission in March this year.
The adoption of the SEEA provides an opportunity to inform government decision-makers, policy analysts, scientists, industry and other groups about how SEEA style environmental accounts could be used and further developed in Australia. The ABS will be hosting a conference next week in Melbourne(14-15 May) to examine how environmental accounts can be developed and used in Australia.
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