Accounting for Nature: A Common Currency for Measuring the Condition of Our Environment

Initial Observations on the Australian Proof of Concept Regional Environmental Asset Condition Trials

Peter Cosier presented a keynote address entitled Accounting for Nature: A Common Currency for Measuring the Condition of Our Environment to the Environmental Defense Society Conference “Our Place: State of the Environment 2013” in Auckland, New Zealand from 7-8 August, 2013.

 


Authors

Mr Peter Cosier, Ms Carla Sbrocchi

Acknowledgements

This paper is a synthesis of the work of the many people who have contributed to the development of the regional proof of concept accounts, two primary sources from which this paper is derived, Accounting for Nature: A Model for Building the National Environmental Accounts of Australia (2008) and A Common Currency for Building Environmental (Ecosystem) Accounts (2010), as well as the draft Regional Proof of Concept Accounts.

We also acknowledge the assistance of members of the Scientific Standards and Accreditation Committee, the Technical Environmental Accounting Committee, and Steering Committee in the development of the Regional Accounts and the financial support of the Purves Environmental Fund and the Ian Potter Foundation.

The authors also acknowledge the assistance of Carley Bartlett, Celine Steinfeld, Dr Ian Ball, Jane McDonald and Professor Bruce Thom AM, in the preparation of material for this paper.