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Uploaded on Saturday 25 Feb 2012
Ability of countries to support their citizens from their own environment
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The Ecological Footprint measures the amount of productive land area needed to support a nation’s consumption and waste. This indicator shows that in many countries, as well as for the planet as a whole, the demand for natural resources, or the 'ecological capacity', exceeds the amount available. Countries that are not able to support their national consumption with their own natural resources are running at an 'ecological deficit'. Therefore these countries have to either import ecological capacity from
other places, or take it from future generations.