Data and Results
The National Footprint Accounts (NFAs), developed by Global Footprint Network, provide comprehensive data on humanity’s demand on nature. They track how this demand compares across several over 200 countries, territories, and regions, and how it relates to the planet’s biological capacity to meet these demands. Summary graphs and maps can be found in this Summary Report.
Graphic country time trends for tracking per-person Ecological Footprint and biocapacity since 1961 are available in the “COUNTRY TRENDS” table to the right. Each country includes a link to a “country factsheet” comparing changes between the past and current editions.
The annually updated National Footprint Accounts undergo continuous improvement under the advice of the National Accounts Review Committee. The latest method is described in the Calculation Methodology Paper.
The National Footprint Accounts results are available under license for a wide variety of applications including educational, research and commercial purposes. To view a sample of the data tables, you may click here to view the the Data Tables from the 2010 Edition of the National Footprint Accounts, which show the Ecological Footprint and biocapacity for almost 150 nations.
We will now be offering three categories of data packages.
- Gold Edition: Designed with the Finance Industry in mind, the Gold Edition offers results to the current year using a new now-casting method to extend observed data to the current year. Please contact us for more information.
- Standard Edition: Provides results using the latest observed data year. For the 2012 Edition, observed data is current to 2009. Please contact us for more information.
- Previous Edition: For non-commercial, educational use, we offer discounted or free access to previous edition results and reduced restrictions on publishing. Currently, the Previous Edition is the 2011 edition with observed data up to 2008. Please use our online request form: Request for Dataset of National Footprint Account Results.
Obtaining National Footprint Account Workbooks
National Footprint Accounts Workbook Licenses are available for both commercial use and non-commercial review under license. Free Learning Licenses are available for personal and non-commercial purposes. Please see our NFA License descriptions if you are interested in ordering a National Footprint Account license.
The Guidebook to the 2008 National Footprint Accounts describes the implementation of the Ecological Footprint methodology as presented in the 2008 edition for the National Footprint Accounts. It provides an in depth description of each part of the 2008 NFA workbook, along with detailed descriptions of calculations and data sources. An updated version for the 2012 edition is coming soon.
The Ecological Footprint Atlas 2010 explains the purpose behind Ecological Footprint accounting, addressing research questions and basic concepts, as well as the underlying science of the calculations. Giving examples of how the Ecological Footprint has been applied. For the technical reader, the Atlas includes more detailed notes about calculation of the results, explains recent advances to enhance the consistency, reliability and resolution of the National Footprint Accounts, and reviews the evolution of the National Footprint Accounts methodology.