Because our economic system developed during a time when natural resources
were abundant, decisions were made without considering the explicit contribution of nature to economic activity. As these resources are becoming increasingly scarce worldwide, we need new tools to manage them more sustainably.
Measure What You Treasure
The Ecological Footprint is the only metric that tracks how natural resources are used and measures what’s available, from the individual to the national to the global scale.
Data and Insights
The National Footprint Accounts (NFAs) provide comprehensive data on humanity’s demand on nature and nature’s capacity to meet that demand for more than 200 countries, territories, and regions, using 15,000 data points per country per year since 1961. Interact and download the NFAs on our new Ecological Footprint Explorer open data platform.
Is your country an ecological debtor or creditor? When did your country’s ecological budget go into the red? Our interactive map shows the per-person Ecological Footprint and biocapacity of nearly 200 countries since 1961.
Read our case studies to learn how the Ecological Footprint has been used by policy makers and political leaders at the city, regional, and national levels to better manage their natural capital and build a more resilient future for their citizens.
Our reports feature deeper investigations into the resource constraints of specific cities, regions, and countries to shape sustainability policies, manage risks, and create a prosperous future. Recent reports focus on Korea, Guizhou Province (China), and the Mediterranean Region.