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Renewable natural resources are natural resources that, after exploitation, can return to their previous stock levels by natural processes of growth or replenishment. Conditionally renewable resources are those whose exploitation eventually reaches a level beyond which regeneration will become impossible. Such is the case with the clear—cutting of tropical forests.

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

Cross References:
Natural resources
Non-renewable natural resources

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, November 15, 2001