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NATURAL RESOURCES

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French Equivalent: Ressources naturelles

Definition:
Natural resources are natural assets (raw materials) occurring in nature that can be used for economic production or consumption.

Context:
The naturally occurring assets that provide use benefits through the provision of raw materials and energy used in economic activity (or that may provide such benefits one day) and that are subject primarily to quantitative depletion through human use. They are subdivided into four categories: mineral and energy resources, soil resources, water resources and biological resources.

United Nations, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Bank, 2005, Handbook of National Accounting: Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting 2003, Studies in Methods, Series F, No.61, Rev.1, Glossary, United Nations, New York, para. 7.42, EA.1
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Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Non-renewable natural resources
Renewable natural resources

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, December 02, 2005