The economy and the environment are linked in complex ways. Lessons learned from around the world demonstrate that a healthy and sustainable environment is key to a healthy sustainable economy.
Changes in the economy can become a driving force for changes in the environment. These economic indicators provide information about overall changes in the NWT economy, and specific changes in the oil and gas and mineral sectors, sectors that have direct impoacts on the NWT environment. These indicators can be compared to similar indicators in other jurisdictions. Comparisons can provide new perspectives and offer data to analyze links between economic decisions and the present and future state of the NWT's environment.