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Dr. Mathis Wackernagel Plattform Footprint – 10. Jänner 2008 Der ökologische Fussabdruck: Vom Labor der Wissenschaft zu weltweiten Anwendungen.

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1 Dr. Mathis Wackernagel Plattform Footprint – 10. Jänner 2008 Der ökologische Fussabdruck: Vom Labor der Wissenschaft zu weltweiten Anwendungen

2 Ecological Creditors and Ecological Debtors

3 Metabolism like a cow

4 Bioproductive segments 18% Biologically Productive Land 11% Deserts, Ice Caps and Barren Land 67% Low- Productivity Ocean 4% Biologically Productive Ocean Bioproductive Segments 22%

5 How much “nature” is available? With 6.3 billion people (2003) Global average availability of bioproductive land + sea area = 1.8 global hectares/person

6 Footprint components Fossil Fuel Built-up Waste Food Fibres absorption

7 Human Demand (Ecological Footprint) Ecological Supply (Biocapacity) Footprint Areas for:Biocapacity Areas: Growing Crops0.49Crop land0.53 Grazing Animals0.14Grazing land0.27 Settlements & infrastructure0.08Built-up area0.08 Producing timber & fuelwood0.23Forest0.78 Absorbing excess CO Harvesting Fish0.15Fishing Grounds0.14 Total Global Demand2.2Total Global Supply1.8 Die Globale ökologische Bilanz (in global hectares/person, 2003 data) Demand Exceeds Supply By 25% >

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10 Benefits of “Ecological Footprint thinking”: You can explain decision-makers the challenge: a complex, ecologically constrained world You can more easily communicate benefits of aggressive sustainability policies You can identify risks, new markets, and opportunities

11 How does Global Footprint Network operate? Non-profit research institute with 75+ partner organizations (academia, gov orgs, businesses, NGOs) Scientific forum for addressing the resource accounting question Standardization (www.footprintstandards.org) Ten-in-Ten goal (10 countries by 2015)

12 Ten-in-Ten Candidates

13 Six Pioneer Countries Switzerland Japan United Arab Emirates Belgium Ecuador France

14 Looking into the Future

15 Global Context for the Coming Decades UN’s most moderate scenario

16 Is there enough natural capital to liquidate for a Moderate Business-as-Usual Path?

17 Billion 2003 global hectares Slow Things First Map Lifespan of People, Assets and Infrastructure against Time Spans of Biosphere Long-term waste

18 Calgary

19 “London First”: What is the potential for reduction? Which technologies would be needed? Total London Ecological Footprint = 50 million gha Possible to reduce London’s Ecological Footprint by between 20 & 25 million global average hectares (gha) London Remade with WSP Environmental, Global Footprint Network

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21 Building Momentum: The Footprint of an Australian General Retailer

22 Footprint for Waste Management (INVESTMENT) Recuperated Footprint from Waste (RETURN) potential actual Footprint (gha) Bigger Footprint for Solution Providers E.g.: Waste Management as Investment

23 Ecological Footprint (gha per person) HDI

24 Niger in the face of climate change

25 Africa If you were their Executive Council?

26 GAP BETWEEN BIOLOGICAL DEMAND AND SUPPLY x = ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT (DEMAND) POPULATION CONSUMPTION RESOURCE INTENSITY x = BIOCAPACITY (SUPPLY) x AREA BIO- PRODUCTIVITY

27 Winning together!  New Applications?  Collaboration?  Partnership?


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