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Issue 23, June 7, 2010  


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World's Governments Fail to Deliver on Reducing Biodivesity Declines


Follow the Discussions at Footprint Forum

This morning opened the Footprint Forum 2010 conference in Colle di Val d’Elsa.

Leaders of government, business, and development agencies will be gathering along with leading scientists and academics to discuss current ecological trends and what they mean for long-term economic and regional competitiveness. Follow the discussions at the Forum on our blog, www.footprintnetwork.org/blog, where we will be reporting on the key issues from the conference.

 
Video Tells Toll of UAE’s Heavy Footprint

A new video from Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF brings the concept of the Ecological Footprint to life, with animated newspaper cutouts that tell a colorful story about the effects of excessive resource consumption.


 
World governments fail to deliver on 2010 biodiversity target

World leaders have failed to deliver commitments made in 2002 to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, and have instead overseen alarming declines in biodiversity. Such were the findings published this month in the leading journal Science, in an article co-authored by Global Footprint Network Senior Scientist Dr. Alessandro Galli.

The report represents the first assessment of how the targets made through the 2002 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have not been met. At that convention, the world’s governments vowed to halt the rate of species declines by 2010.

 


 
New Report: The Ecological Wealth of Nations

Global Footprint Network’s most recent Ecological Footprint and biocapacity figures are presented, along with arresting images, quotes and graphics, in a new report: The Ecological Wealth of Nations: Earth’s biocapacity as a new framework for international cooperation. The report presents Ecological Footprint and biocapacity time series graphs for more than 100 nations and the world as a whole. It discusses the increasing role biocapacity will play in countries’ long-term health and their ability to provide a high quality of life for their citizens. The report was released during an event co-hosted by BioRegional on April 12 at BioRegional Quintain in London.

 
Footprint Futures: A Global Youth Summit

In April, Hawai’i Preparatory Academy opened its new Energy Lab, a unique facility designed to educate and inspire students about the concepts of sustainable living. The opening was a fitting setting for the kickoff of another initiative: Footprint Futures, a program by Global Footprint Network and HPA in which high school students learn the principles of Ecological Footprint accounting.


 
Ontario Issues Landmark Biodiversity Report

The Ontario Biodiversity Council (OBC), in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources,  released its State of Ontario’s Biodiversity 2010 report last week, comprised of 29 indicators that provide the most comprehensive overview to date of the province’s natural environment and the pressures that must be addressed for what?.

More than one-third of the indicators in the Council’s report establish baselines of information for the first time, providing a reliable way to measure progress in the future. One of these indicators is the Ecological Footprint, which indicates pressure on biodiversity by measuring human demand on ecosystems.


 
FEATURE
   
New Bond Ratings Look at Ecological Risk

Swiss-based Bank Sarasin has developed a new country bond rating that could shift the way investors think about sovereign bonds – and the way governments think about their own ecological balance sheets. The evaluation is based upon a simple, but somewhat novel premise: given current ecological trends, a country’s use and availability of resources will play an important role in its ability to make good on future debt obligations.


 
PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
   
O Eco Association: “9 Countries, 1 Forest, 1 Coverage”

“Amazonia is news. It concerns everyone,” award-winning online news service O Eco Amazonia writes on its Web site. In 2004, the O Eco Association was launched with the goal of providing decision-makers up-to-date information on this critical ecological region.

During the last five years, the Web site has grown into one of the most celebrated environmental news services in Brazil. Now, it has joined Global Footprint Network as a partner. Through the collaboration, O Eco will host a monthly column by Global Footprint Network on regional topics including the Ecological Footprint, sugarcane ethanol, the Brazilian Century, and “biocapacity issues: Mexico vs. Brazil.” The site will also feature the Brazilian personal Ecological Footprint calculator.


 
RESEARCH AND STANDARDS UPDATE
   
Huge Response to Call for Abstracts

Global Footprint Network’s Call for Abstracts for the Footprint Forum Conference received an overwhelming response, with more than 90 abstracts submitted. Copies of the abstracts will be soon be available for download from our Web.

Ten abstracts were selected to be presented at the Forum, and many more will be presented in poster form. Topics include:

• Integrated the Ecological Footprint into a “Footprint Family” of Indicators
• Interregional cap and Trade Using the Ecological Footprint
• Managing Trade with Ecological Footprint Analysis
• Ecological Footprint vs. Biocapacity of world regions: A Geopolitical Interpretation