Organized jointly by the Ministries of Finance and of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, the World Bank (Waves Project) and ECLAC, the workshop "Environmental Protection Expenditures of the General Government" took place from 27 to 29 January 2016 in San José (Costa Rica).
The methodological steps to calculate environmental expenditures were among the main issues that will be reviewed. In addition, relevant case studies were analyzed.
With this initiative, ECLAC aims to raise the awareness and strengthen the technical capacities of the authorities in the measurement of environmental protection expenditures of the General Government. By calculating expenditures, countries will be able to better assess the performance, effectiveness and impact of their environmental management policies, plans, programmes and instruments. In addition, the course will promote the generation, dissemination of and access to environmental information in accordance with Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. It will also contribute to the implementation of the project entitled "Addressing critical socio-environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean" of the United Nations Development Account.
The workshop was opened by representatives of the Ministries of Finance and of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, the World Bank and ECLAC. The course was jointly taught by the Sustainable Development and Human Settlement Division and the Statistics Division of ECLAC.