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Developing pilot accounts for marine, freshwater and urban ecosystems and packaging materials (ENVECOPACK)

ENVECOPACK is a two-year project (2021-2023) co-financed with Eurostat 2020 grants on environmental and ecosystem accounting and waste statistics. 

First, we look at pilot marine and freshwater ecosystem accounts with cultural and provisioning services for fishing, second, we pilot urban green ecosystem accounting for Finnish municipalities, and third, we answer to the urgent need to have material-specific accounts on packaging materials and packaging waste.

The main objective of marine and freshwater ecosystem accounts for fishing is to develop national pilot aquatic ecosystem accounts (supply, use, asset) in physical and monetary terms including cultural services for recreational fishing and provisional services for commercial fishing. The quantification and valuation of ecosystem services will be conducted using up to date statistical data and SEEA EEA compatible valuation methods applied on a regional scale. Also, the integration of aquatic ecosystem accounts into the SEEA CF and SNA will be tested.

The overall objective for urban green accounting is to explore ways how to make urban green areas, and the benefits they give to people (as ecosystem services), inclusive, visible and accountable in urban planning and decision making. For this purpose, we cooperate with three Finnish municipalities.

Packaging of various goods makes a significant contribution to the overall use of materials in the EU and globally. Hence, packaging and packaging waste are highly relevant for the environmental policy – and especially waste policy therein - as EU strives towards resource-efficient, green, and competitive low-carbon circular economy. For packaging materials and packaging waste, the overall objective is to develop methodology and to compile accounts for packaging materials brought to the market – including imports and foreign trade – and for the generation of packaging waste.

Published 2021-03-18 at 15:15, updated 2021-03-18 at 16:27

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