Ecological footprint


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Ecological footprint

Measure of the resource use by a population within a defined area of land, including imported resources.Assessment of the ecological footprints of nation-states or other defined geographic areas reveals the true environmental impact of those states and their ability to survive on their own resources in the long term. It has emerged as the world’s premier measure of humanity’s demand on nature. It measures how much land and water area a human population requires to produce the resource it consumes and to absorb its wastes, using prevailing technology.
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Beginning with a plain overview of the ecological footprint that demonstrates how it is applied, the book next tackles the important subject of overshooting, or using more resources than the Earth can sustain.
Caption: Bangladesh (8th of 140) Bangladesh has the second smallest Ecological Footprint in the world--bringing it in at eighth place in the Happy Planet Index.
In the figure 1 is represented the Human Development Index and Ecological Footprint Indicator between 1980 and 2007.
"The size and composition of a nation's per capita ecological footprint reflects the goods and services used by an average person in that country, and the efficiency with which resources, including fossil fuels, are used in providing these goods and services," said the report, which was created in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, the Global Footprint Network and the Water Footprint Network.
The UAE's ecological footprint has gone down to 7.75 global hectares per capita this year from 9.5 global hectares per capita in 2008 and 8.4 in 2010.
Rapidly developing countries such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates account for some the highest ecological footprints in the world, while poorer nations such as India and Indonesia have lower footprints that are within nature's threshold.
With site work and construction under way, he adds, "The ecological footprint of this flagship project for the cement industry in Canada and across the world will be one of the lowest in the industry."
The indicator measuring this stress is the 'ecological footprint to the bio-capacity' ratio normalized for each country.
The Welsh Government's sustainable development scheme One Wales One Planet states: "Within the lifetime of a generation, Wales should use only its fair share of the Earth's resources, and our ecological footprint be reduced to the global average availability of resources - 1.88 global hectares per person in 2003."
Selected publications: Our Ecological Footprint. Reducing Human Impact on the Earth (with W.
Emirates Wildlife Society -- WWF to receive the Most Sustainable NGO means a lot, we do a lot in the region to conserve our biodiversity, tackling climate change and reducing the ecological footprint. It is always nice to know it is being recognised."
It is for this reason that the GPI needs to be supplemented by biophysical indicators, such as the Ecological Footprint, to better indicate whether the economic welfare currently being enjoyed is sustainable.

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