Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 72, Issue 2, pp 539–558 | Cite as

The SEEA-Based Integrated Economic-Environmental Modelling Framework: An Illustration with Guatemala’s Forest and Fuelwood Sector

  • Onil BanerjeeEmail author
  • Martin Cicowiez
  • Renato Vargas
  • Mark Horridge


This paper develops and operationalizes the integrated economic-environmental modelling (IEEM) platform which integrates environmental data organized under the first international system of environmental economic accounting with a powerful dynamic economy-wide modelling approach. IEEM enables the ex-ante economic analysis of policies on the economy and the environment in a quantitative, comprehensive and consistent framework. IEEM elucidates the two-way interrelationships between the economy and environment, considering how economic activities depend on the environment as a source of inputs and as a sink for their outputs. In addition to standard economic impact indicators such as gross domestic product, income and employment, IEEM generates indicators that describe policy impacts on the use of environmental resources, wealth and environmental quality which together determine prospects for future economic growth and well-being. To illustrate the analytical capabilities of IEEM, the model is calibrated with Guatemala’s SEEA and applied to analysis of its forest and fuelwood sector where negative health and environmental impacts arise from inefficient fuelwood use.


Ex-ante economic impact evaluation Evidence-based policy design System of environmental-economic accounting Dynamic computable general equilibrium model System of national accounting Economic and environmental indicators Wealth Natural capital Ecosystem services 



This work was funded by the BIO Program of the Inter-American Development Bank.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environment, Rural Development, Environment and Disaster Risk Management DivisionInter-American Development BankWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Facultad de Ciencias EconómicasUniversidad Nacional de la PlataLa PlataArgentina
  3. 3.Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) ProgramGuatemala CityGuatemala
  4. 4.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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