Ecological Footprint

Many different calculation models assess the ecological impact of a population. One of them is estimating the ecological footprint: this measurement method evaluates how much biologically productive land is employed to produce the goods consumed and to assimilate the waste generated by an individual, a family, a city, a region, a country or the whole of mankind (WWF definition). In Italy, the ecological footprint is 4,2 hectares per capita (2005 data): this means every Italian needs 4,2 hectares of land for his lifetime consumption. National ecological availability, though, is only 1,4 per capita hectares and therefore the ecological deficit is equivalent to 2,8 per capita hectares!

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