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French Equivalent: Fonctions écologiques

Functions provided by the environment. They correspond to the various uses to which naturally produced physical surroundings are put for economic ends. Three types of environmental functions are distinguished: resource functions, sink functions and service functions.

Environmental functions refer to environmental services, including spatial functions, waste disposal, natural resource supply and life support.

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

Source Publication:
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, paras. 7.31 & 7.35.

Cross References:
Natural capital

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Last updated on Wednesday, July 6, 2005