Today experts and senior officials, including H.E. Minister Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation MOSPI; H.E. Mr. Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India; Dr. Kshatrapati Shivaji, Secretary, MoSPI; Mr Bert Kroese, Chair of UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting; Ms Gemma Van Halderen, Director, UNESCAP; Ms. Susan Gardner, Director, Ecosystem Division UNEP; Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, United Nations Statistics Division; and Ms. Karin Erika Kemper, Director, World Bank gathered for the first day of a virtual forum on the Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (NCAVES) Project in India. Three live sessions are to be held for the NCAVES India Forum 2021 – on January 14, 21 and 28, 2021. The first session of the event held today was dedicated to the efforts made by India and international agencies in the domain of natural capital accounting and valuation of the ecosystem services. The session witnessed a remarkable response from all over the globe. The recordings of the live event are available on the web-portal – http://ncavesindiaforum.in.