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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.
 
 

 
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"The world will no longer be divided by the ideologies of 'left' and 'right,' but by those who accept ecological limits and those who don't."
Wolfgang Sachs, Wuppertal Institute

 
Special Announcement
 
Newest Ecological Footprint Data Show Overshoot Growing, "Footprint trading" between Nations

 
   
  Humanity's Ecological Footprint:
  1961-2002

The 2005 edition of the National Accounts, just released by Global Footprint Network, shows overshoot continuing to grow: in 2002, humanity consumed 23% percent more ecological resources than the Earth produced. This is up from 21% for the prior year. Although it is possible to exceed ecological limits in the short-term, this "ecological deficit" leads to the destruction of ecological assets, such as fisheries and forests, on which our economy depends.
 
The Data Behind the Trends
 
The National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts, covering 150 countries for the past 41 years, provide common conversion factors that make globally comparable results possible for Ecological Footprint projects throughout the world. This year's edition has been sponsored by the European Environment Agency, which plans to present the headline findings in its State of the Environment Report, to be released on November 29th.
 
Footprint Trading
 
The 2005 National Accounts include many improvements over the 2004 edition, including a major update to the trade section, allowing the tracking of "Footprint trade" for 150 nations both today and in the past. In 2002, China, the United Kingdom and Japan were the largest net importers of biocapacity.
 
Update on our Ten-in-Ten Campaign
 
Our goal is to have ten national governments adopt the Ecological Footprint as a central indicator within the next ten years. We are excited to report that new research collaborations are already starting with Canada, Sweden, and Switzerland. These will generate further improvements to the National Accounts, and will increase the likelihood of national adoption.
 
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Progress toward Worldwide Standards
 
We are also excited to report that our Standards Committees will be presenting the Network's first application standards for public review and comment later this year. Special thanks to our partner organizations and committee chairs for the vital role they play in developing these standards.
 
How to Get the Data
 
Top line results for 152 countries are available on EEA's website. For a closer look at the National Accounts, free Academic Editions that show the fully detailed Footprint calculations and methodology are available for download. Project Editions including comprehensive results, conversion factors and analysis for any chosen country are also available for licensing.