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Monitoring Environmental Progress

Copyright 1995 by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development/The World Bank


Monitoring Environmental Progress (MEP) database relates to the World Bank's ongoing effort to develop indicators for environmentally sustainable development. It contains the input data that have been used for the indicator estimates published in Monitoring Environmental Progress, a Report on Work in Progress (1995). In addition, this database allows inspection of intermediate calculations for individual countries; these country-level calculations do not appear in the original publication.

This material is being made accessible as part of the Bank's desire to develop environmental indicators in an open and participatory way. Its purpose is to facilitate critical inspection of every step of the methodology as it is being developed and to encourage other practitioners to use alternative data sets and algorithms.

Archival and Access Information

The dataset is available in both print and on the World-Wide Web. Access is available via the World Bank's Public Information Center and through a World Wide Web search interface.

In addition to this database, technical documentation of the indicator estimates can be accessed under the title Global Approach to Environment Analyses.

Data Acquisition/Collection Summary

Data were extracted from various global databases. Contents include: 129 input variables, 39 indicators, 229 countries; data may or may not be collected yearly.

Related Datasets

Additional data sets may be located through CIESIN's Gateway.

Contacts and References

Arundhati Kunte, ENVPE
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433 USA

Phone: (202) 473-2175
Fax: (202) 477-6391

For additional ordering information:

Phone: (202)473-1155 or via WWW: How to Order World Bank Publications
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