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Green SignalsEcology, Growth, and Democracy in India$
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Jairam Ramesh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199457526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199457526.001.0001

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Gross to Green

Gross to Green

(p.348) 7 Gross to Green
Green Signals

Jairam Ramesh

Oxford University Press

How do we manage what we do not measure? The idea that environmental degradation and the loss of natural capital need to find reflection in the measure of economic growth forms the core of this chapter. The author was instrumental in piloting the idea of Green GDP, the need to include environmental parameters in assessing state performance by suggesting the reworking of the Gadgil Formula for state finances, and the Thirteenth Finance Commission’s green bonus for states that had progressive environmental policies, particularly conservation of forests. His efforts led to the establishment of the expert group led by environmental economist Partha Dasgupta, which developed a framework for green national accounts. This chapter details the ideological underpinning of the need to measure natural capital for informed decision making.

Keywords:   Green GDP, environmental parameters, Gadgil formula, Thirteenth Finance Commission, green bonus, Partha Dasgupta, Green National accounts

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