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ENVIRONMENTAL DEBT

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French Equivalent: Dette écologique

Definition:
Environmental debt refer to the accumulation of past environmental impacts of natural resource depletion and environmental degradation, owed to future generations.

Context:
Un-remedied degradation which carries forward to a future period.

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. 10.162.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, July 05, 2005