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The little green data book 2013
 
Author:Cui, Liu; Eshragh-Tabary, Mahyar; Jain, Sonu; Lange, Glenn-Marie; Naikal, Esther; Narain, Urvashi; Prince, William; Tariku, Jomo; Collection Title:World Development Indicators (WDI)
Country:World; Date Stored:2013/07/04
Document Date:2013/01/01Document Type:Publication
ISBN:978-0-8213-9814-2Language:English
Region:The World RegionReport Number:79264
SubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Environment and Energy Efficiency; Energy Production and Transportation; Energy and Environment; Population PoliciesVolume No:1 of 1

Summary: One of the key indicators in the little green data book, Adjusted Net Savings (ANS), allows countries to do just that. Also known as genuine savings, ANS shows whether a country is on the path to sustainable development. It monitors whether depletion of natural capital, such as minerals or forests, is compensated for by investment in other assets, such as human capital or infrastructure. A positive ANS indicates that a country is adding to its overall wealth and that economic growth is on a sustainable path. In resource-rich countries in particular, macroeconomic indicators such as ANS can be a useful complement to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), providing a more comprehensive lens on the long-term sustainability of economic growth. The World Bank has linked this approach to our core mission, ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity. The little green data book is a result of close collaboration between the World Bank's Development Data Group within the Development Economics Vice Presidency and the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department of the Sustainable Development Vice Presidency. Lettered notes on country tables can be found in the notes page. Data are shown for economies with populations greater than 30,000 or for smaller economies if they are members of the World Bank. The term country (used interchangeably with economy) does not imply political independence or official recognition by the World Bank but refers to any economy for which the authorities report separate social or economic statistics. The selection of indicators in these pages includes some of those being used to monitor progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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