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VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1  


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Ecological Footprint
Footprint Standards
National Accounts
Partnerships
Resources
 

 
About the Global Footprint Network
 
We coordinate international research and work with the sustainability community to develop methodological standards that protect and enhance the credibility of the Ecological Footprint tool.
 
 

 
Advisory Council
 
E.O. Wilson
Manfred Max-Neef
Rhodri Morgan
Wangari Maathai
David Suzuki
Emil Salim
Julia Marton-Lefévre
William E. Rees
Lester Brown
Jørgen Randers
M S Swaminathan
Eric Garcetti
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Michael Meacher
Karl-Henrik Robèrt
Will Steffen
Dominique Voynet
Fabio Feldman
Oscar Arias
Herman E. Daly
Peter Raven
 


Welcome
Welcome to the first edition of Footprint Network News. The mission of the Global Footprint Network is to support the transition to a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a tool that makes sustainability specific. This edition of Footprint Network News focuses on our new organization's mission and progress to date. Future editions will highlight the exciting work of our partners and report on major events in the world of Ecological Footprinting.
 
Why the Global Footprint Network?
When Bill Rees and Mathis Wackernagel began developing the Footprint methodology over a decade ago at the University of British Columbia, they imagined people all over the world using these calculations to measure consumption and waste. Today, we have come a long way towards that reality. Over 100 cities and 40 regional and national government agencies have used the Footprint to inform their policies and planning. A Google search for the term yields over 50,000 web pages.
 
But for the Ecological Footprint to have greater impact, increased coordination is needed between practitioners to ensure that results are comparable worldwide. In June 2003, after four fruitful years with Redefining Progress, Mathis Wackernagel formed the Global Footprint Network and began the process of building consensus among the many Ecological Footprint practitioners, advocates, researchers and educators in order to harmonize methodologies and coordinate research. Response throughout the Ecological Footprinting community has been very positive.

 
Our Science and Policy Advisory Council
We are thrilled to announce the formation of our Science and Policy Advisory Council. We are fortunate to have the support and endorsement from some of the world's most respected science and policy leaders including E.O. Wilson, Peter Raven, Oscar Arias, David Suzuki and others.
 
FEATURE
 
Synergy Through Partnership
By Susan Burns, Director
 
Since our success depends on involved partners, we are thrilled and proud to announce our first four: WWF International, Best Foot Forward, Stockholm Environmental Institute and EPA Victoria. We are in conversation with dozens of other organizations and will announce new partners in subsequent newsletters.
 
We invite organizations with shared goals to partner with us in strengthening the Footprint's reliability and credibility while enhancing its value as a catalyst for sustainability. 
 
 
RESEARCH AND STANDARDS UPDATE
   
 
Laying the Groundwork for Standards
Many organizations around the world have developed Ecological Footprinting applications for cities, regions, products and processes. Over the past six months the Global Footprint Network has met with scores of organizations (by phone and in face-to-face meetings) in Europe, South America, The US, and Australia to listen to the community and collect advice and perspectives. We've found great enthusiasm about the possibility of harmonizing Footprint methodologies.
 
National Accounts Release (2004 Edition)
All Ecological Footprint analyses are dependent on core information comprising the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts or "National Accounts," detailed calculations for 150 countries based largely on United Nations consumption, production and trade data. The National Accounts, as summarized in WWF's Living Planet Report, are the cornerstone of footprinting and allow the Footprint of a Londoner to be compared, for example, to the Footprint of a Beijing resident.
 
The Global Footprint Network serves as the steward of the National Accounts database, coordinating research and continually improving the science behind the Accounts for the benefit of the entire sustainability community. The 2004 edition of the National Accounts will be available for license shortly.