06.04.2011 - UNESCO Office in Venice

The Future of the Mediterranean - Tracking Ecological Footprint Trends

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Mathis Wackernagel, founder and President of the Global Footprint Network, and Alessandro Galli, editor of the Mediterranean report, will pay a visit to UNESCO Venice Office on 11 April 2011. It will be an occasion to further introduce the Ecological Footprint and present the aims of the report on “The Future of the Mediterranean - Tracking Ecological Footprint Trends” which provides an ecological bank statement for Mediterranean countries, evaluating their use of local and global resources, and how this compares with nature’s endowment. The report makes this assessment through use of the Ecological Footprint.

Global Footprint Network is an international think tank working to advance sustainability through use of the Ecological Footprint. By making ecological limits central to decision-making, they are working to end overshoot and create a society where all people can live well, within the means of one planet. Humans are the most successful species on the planet. But we are using more resources than the Earth can provide. We are in global ecological overshoot. In 2003, Global Footprint Network, a 501c (3) non profit organization, was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet. An essential step in creating a one-planet future is measuring human impact on the Earth so we can make more informed choices. That is why their work aims to accelerate the use of the Ecological Footprint — a resource accounting tool that measures how much nature we have, how much we use, and who uses what. The Ecological Footprint is a data-driven metric that tells us how close we are to the goal of sustainable living. Footprint accounts work like bank statements, documenting whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature’s resources faster than the planet can renew them. Global Footprint Network’s efforts are fuelled by a future vision in which human demand on nature is monitored as closely as the stock market.

Global Footprint Network’s Mediterranean Initiative, launched in June 2010 in partnership with WWF’s Mediterranean Programme Office, UNESCO Venice Office, Plan Bleu and Tour Du Valat, is an effort to bring leaders together to develop a regional approach to managing resource-dependence and biocapacity. Among the goals of the Mediterranean Initiative is to bring the reality of resource constrains into the national and international policy debate. The initiative will provide decision-makers with key Ecological Footprint and biocapacity data to inform policy issues. It aims to help leaders understand: what the key resource issues faced by Mediterranean countries and how it can work collectively to manage resource consumption and natural capital


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