Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the most commonly used measure of a nation’s performance and growth. While the scope of GDP is to measure the monetary value of the goods and services produced in a given year, it is often used as proxy for things that it is not well suited for, such as long-term growth or the well-being of a country. In many cases, economic growth is happening at the expense of nature, and therefore at the expense of future prosperity.  

The concept of ‘Green GDP’ was coined in the late 1980s with aspiration to modify GDP to better reflect the impacts of economic activities on the environment. The “Green GDP” is derived from Net Domestic Product (NDP), - which is obtained by subtracting the depreciation of produced assets such as machines and buildings from GDP - by deducting the cost of depletion of natural resources and degradation of ecosystems. 

This webinar will familiarize the audience with headline indicators that can be derived with natural capital accounts, as well the World Bank’s approach to adjusting the standard macroeconomic indicators from the System of National Accounts to reflect how the country is managing its natural and human capital. Furthermore, the linkage between the two, and possibilities to complement one with estimates or data from the other, will be explained.


April 20, 2023 | 13:00 - 14:30 UTC | Register here