National Environmental Accounting: Bridging the Gap between Ecology and Economy (Hardcover)

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This book presents national environmental, or 'green' accounting as it has developed in Europe and other parts of the world. It introduces the most recent methods developed through the United Nations Statistical Department and other international organizations, but bridges the gap between the superficial treatment of environmental accounting in economics textbooks and environmental literature, on the one hand, and the highly technical manuals of international organizations, on the other. Joy Hecht begins with a history and introduction to national income accounting. The first part of her book explains how the environmental accounts build on the structure of the 1993 System of National Accounts. She then shows the UN approach to accounting applied to pollution, recycling, and the management of natural resources such as forests, minerals, and fisheries. The third section discusses how the accounts approach green GDP and other macroeconomic indicators. The book concludes by going beyond the UN structures to discuss other adjusted macroeconomic measures and how accounting data can be used to build them. National Environmental Accounting is a non-technical introduction to an increasingly important field. It is a must-read for anyone interested in how environmental accounts can help society move towards greater sustainability.

About the Author

Dr. Joy Hecht began working on environmental accounting as a research assistant to Dr. Henry Peskin at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC. A decade later, after pursuing a PhD in city and regional planning and launching a career working on environmental information issues in international development projects, she returned to economics. She found herself again working with Dr. Peskin on environmental accounting, this time in the Philippines and Indonesia. Environmental information and accounting became intertwined with environmental policy and economics, and she continued consulting in all these areas through the 1990s, working extensively in sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, and southeast Asia.In 1996 Hecht joined IUCN/The World Conservation Union as coordinator of its Green Accounting Initiative. Work with IUCN provided an opportunity to contribute to the operational manual on environmental accounting published by the United Nations in 2000 and to participate in some of the London Group work on the 2003 SEEA. Those experiences convinced her of the need for a book on environmental accounting for a nontechnical audience.Hecht maintains an interest in policy in both U.S. and international contexts. In 2002, she took a position as the founding executive director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute, a nonprofit organization engaged in applied research and policy analysis to encourage sustainable strategies within the state. As this book went to press in 2004, she was working on environmental statistics and accounting in Egypt.When Joy Hecht is not overseas, she is exploring the United States; more on that may be found at http: // Other writings related to environmental issues may be found at http: //

Product Details
ISBN: 9781891853937
ISBN-10: 1891853937
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: January 25th, 2005
Pages: 272
Language: English