The International Resource Panel provides a comprehensive understanding of linkages between the world economy, population and material use for more than four decades based on an authoritative database of global materials extraction and materials trade.

A large data set covering most countries of the world has been established. It presents direct and consumption-based material flow indicators for seven world regions and for individual countries, covering total usage, per capita use, and material use per $US.

It also provides details for different groups of materials and relates indicators to human development outcomes.

It provides similar information for each of seven world regions and about 150 countries to support informed decision-making by policy and business communities.

• The database should be referenced as: UN Environment International Resource Panel Global Material Flows Database.

•  For analytical tools and visualisation of material flows data, please refer to and to  ResourceWatch.



UN Environment: Secretariat of the International Resource Panel (

Data experts

CSIRO: Dr James West ( 

WU Vienna: Mirko Lieber MSc (