Adjusted savings: net forest depletion (% of GNI) - North America
Definition: Net forest depletion is calculated as the product of unit resource rents and the excess of roundwood harvest over natural growth.
Description: The map below shows how Adjusted savings: net forest depletion (% of GNI) varies by country in North America. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the region is Mexico, with a value of 0.21. The country with the lowest value in the region is Canada, with a value of 0.00.
Source: World Bank staff estimates based on sources and methods in World Bank's "The Changing Wealth of Nations: Measuring Sustainable Development in the New Millennium" (2011).
Limitations and Exceptions: A positive net depletion figure for forest resources implies that the harvest rate exceeds the rate of natural growth; this is not the same as deforestation, which represents a change in land use. In principle, there should be an addition to savings in countries where growth exceeds harvest, but empirical estimates suggest that most of this net growth is in forested areas that cannot currently be exploited economically. Because the depletion estimates reflect only timber values, they ignore all the external and nontimber benefits associated with standing forests.
Aggregation method: Weighted average