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Footprint Forum 2006
2005 Annual Report
Global Footprint Network
Our mission is to promote a sustainable economy by advancing the Ecological
Footprint, a measurement tool that makes the reality of planetary limits
relevant to decision-makers.
William E. Rees
M S Swaminathan
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Herman E. Daly
"I know of no better way of thinking about sustainability or carrying capability on a global scale than Ecological Footprinting."
- Peter Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden
The United Kingdom Moves Toward a One Planet Economy
Prime Minister Tony Blair, with the launch of the government's Sustainable Development Framework,
has endorsed a radical new plan
to shift the UK economy towards a 'One Planet Economy.'
To support this plan, WWF has produced a new report,
Ecological Budget UK - Counting Consumption,
which estimates that meeting this goal will require a 75 percent reduction in the
UK's Ecological Footprint.
WorldWatch Releases 2006 State of the Environment Report
The dramatic rise of China and India presents one of
the gravest threats - and greatest opportunities - facing
the world today, says the WorldWatch Institute in its
of the World 2006 report. The choices these countries
make in the next few years will lead the world either
towards a future of growing ecological and political
instability - or down a development path based on efficient
technologies and better stewardship of resources.
"Rising demand for energy, food, and raw materials by 2.5 billion Chinese and
Indians is already having ripple effects worldwide," says Worldwatch President Christopher Flavin.
Does Globalization Benefit the Poor?
Global Footprint Network Partner nef recently released
Growth Isn't Working:
The Uneven Distribution of Benefits and Costs from Economic Growth. This bold and
controversial report argues that globalization is failing the world's poorest as their
share of the benefits of growth plummets, and that accelerating climate change hurts the poorest most.
||RESEARCH AND STANDARDS UPDATE
Footprint Standards - Final Review Period Begins
As the Footprint gains in popularity and influence among governments around the world,
the demand for methodological
standards has been increasing. Responding to this demand,
Global Footprint Network initiated a, committee-based consensus process for both the development
of standards and for an ongoing scientific review of the methodology.
In December 2005, the
Standards Committee released draft standards for
public comment. These comments have been incorporated
into a final document which is available for review
now. If you would like to comment on the standards,
please click here.
The first official version of the standards are scheduled
to be released in June 2006 at the Footprint
Forum 2006, our international meeting in Siena,
Global Footprint Network Opens Swiss Office
|Martin Kärcher, Coordinator,
In response to strong governmental interest in the Footprint in Europe, Global Footprint
Network recently opened an office in Zürich, Switzerland. The office is led by
Our new Swiss office has been made possible by a generous donation from our Partner,