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Issue 34, July 8, 2014 


Ecological Footprint in Action

The United Arab Emirates announced its Energy Efficiency Lighting Standard, the latest program since the launch of the UAE Ecological Footprint Initiative. Only energy efficient indoor-lighting products will be available throughout the territory six months from now. The UAE, who has one of the world’s highest per capita Ecological Footprints, intends to significantly reduce its energy consumption and per capita Ecological Footprint.

We are gearing up to work with Morocco on reviewing their 15-year strategy for sustainable development in agriculture, Plan Maroc Vert, through the lens of the Ecological Footprint. Morocco is interested in collaborating with Global Footprint Network to comprehensively assess to what extent the plan contributes to the sustainability of the agriculture sector as well as a society-wide transition towards sustainability.

 
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This recent development comes in the wake of a workshop that the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment invited us to hold last January. They gave us the opportunity to present the Ecological Footprint as a tool in assessing and monitoring the contribution of the national strategy for sustainable development, a framework designed to harmonize various existing sectorial strategies (including Plan Maroc Vert.) We'll keep you updated on new developments as they come up.

Last spring in Turkey we gathered 40 government and NGO staff members for a two-day technical workshop on the Ecological Footprint. Turkey's 10th Development Plan provided us with the ideal context and case study. The event, which was organized in coordination with WWF Turkey, was attended by representatives from the Ministries of Environment and Forestry; of Science, Industry and Technology; and of Finance.

We've been engaged with Turkey since we launched the 2012 Turkey Footprint Report with our partner WWF. The conversation is on. Stay tuned!

In Ecuador, a joint research project of the Ministry of the Environment and Global Footprint Network has recently concluded that national demand for ecological resources and services is 50 percent higher than the bioproductive land of the country can provide. A 118-percent population increase between 1961 and 2008, as well as a significant consumption increase per capita, mostly explain the decrease of biocapacity per capita from 3.2 gha to 1.8 gha over the same period, dragging Ecuador into biocapacity deficit.


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