Jean-Louis Weber

Jean-Louis Weber

Member and International Consultant in Economic-Environmental Accounting and Statistics

European Environment Agency Scientific Committee


Jean-Louis Weber is an international consultant in economic and environmental accounting. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Complex Systems (IXXI) of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon, France.

Formerly, Jean-Louis Weber was until his retirement in 2012 the EEA Special Adviser on environmental accounting. He represented the Agency in the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental and Economic Accounting (UNCEEA), and was an Honorary Professor at the School of Geography of the University of Nottingham. Since his retirement, Jean-Louis Weber has been involved in various projects with the Indian Ocean Commission, the Global Development Network, the Observatory of Sahara and Sahel, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. In 2014, he drafted technical guidelines for the CBD Secretariat to support the fast track implementation of the UN conceptual framework on ecosystem accounting (SEEA-EEA). The CBD Technical Series 77 Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounting - A Quick Start Package can be downloaded from the CBD website or from the ECOSYSTEM CAPABILITY website where additional information can be found, including the 2014 report on the experimental ecosystem accounts of Mauritius. Jean-Louis Weber is currently a member of the United Nations ESCAP Expert Group on Natural Disaster Statistics and a consultant for the development of the Disaster-Related Statistical Framework.

Jean-Louis Weber's career began in France at the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) where he worked from 1972 to 1985 in the fields of national accounting and environmental statistics. In 1986-1992 he was Secretary General of the Interministerial Committee on Natural Patrimony Accounts and Head of the Statistics Unit in the French Ministry of the Environment. He was then Director of International Affairs at the French Environment Institute. In 2001 he joined the European Environment Agency as Project Manager for Spatial Analysis and Land and Ecosystem Accounting and then as Special Advisor. There, he produced accounts of land cover at the European scale and laid the foundations for Ecosystem Accounting at the EEA. Jean-Louis Weber has been a member of various expert committees of the OECD and the UN, including the UNCEEA (2007-2012) and the UN Experts Group on the revision of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics. In 2017, he was an invited expert to the Technical Advisory Group for the new Global Environment Facility (GEF-7) replenishment program.

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