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Ministry of the Environment and Spatial planning and Global Footprint Network outline use of Ecological Footprint for national environmental and development strategies

Ljubljana, 25 May 2018—More than two dozen Slovenia government representatives and NGOs completed training this week with Global Footprint Network, an international research organization, as part of a project to incorporate the Ecological Footprint into national environmental and development strategies. Led by Global Footprint Network Research Director Dr. David Lin, and organized by the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, the Slovenian Environment Agency, and the Slovenian Institute for Youth Participation, Health and Sustainable Development (IMZTR), the trainings on May 23 and 24 were attended by representatives and experts from the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia, Slovenian Environment Agency, other ministries and government agencies, scientific and expert organisations and NGOs Focus and Umanotera. The project began earlier this month and will continue into the summer with deeper analysis of Footprint trends in Slovenia.

The Ecological Footprint measures a population's annual demand for natural resources, including food, timber, fiber, and absorption of carbon emissions. It can be compared to biocapacity, which measures a region's annual capacity to regenerate such resources. The Footprint is the only comprehensive resource metric that can be scaled from the individual level (with an online personal Footprint Calculator ), to cities, regions, countries, and the world.

 

About Global Footprint Network

 

Global  Footprint  Network  is  a  research  organization  that  is  changing  how  the  world  manages  its  natural  resources  and  responds  to  climate  change.  Since  2003  we’ve  engaged  with  more  than  50  nations,  30  cities,  and  70  global  partners  to  deliver  scientific  insights  that  have  driven  high-impact  policy  and  investment  decisions.  Together,  we’re  creating  a  future  where  all  of  us  can  thrive  within  our  planet’s  limits. 

 

Ecological Footprint in Slovenia

 

The average Ecological Footprint in Slovenia is 4.7 global hectares per person, the same as the average in the European Union. However, that is more than two times the biocapacity of Slovenia, and nearly three times of what’s available globally per person. The carbon Footprint makes up about 60 percent of Slovenia's Ecological Footprint, similar to the global Ecological Footprint.
is 4.7 global hectares per person, the same as the average in the European Union. However, that is more than two times the biocapacity of Slovenia, and nearly three times of what’s available globally per person. The carbon Footprint makes up about 60 percent of Slovenia's Ecological Footprint, similar to the global Ecological Footprint.

 

"If all humanity consumed like an average Slovene, we would need 2.8 Earths," noted Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, CEO and co-founder of Global Footprint Network. "But we have only one Earth. Not adjusting to planetary limits becomes a risk to us all. While our planet has limits, human ingenuity does not. Living within the means of our planet is technologically possible, financially beneficial, and our only chance for a prosperous future. Let’s put building a successful future at the center of our attention."

 

The Ecological Footprint was recently adopted as a strategic indicator for both the National Development Strategy and the National Environmental Programme of Slovenia in order to measure current natural resource supply and demand and better understand historic trends. This information will then be used to help guide future policy and investment decisions for Footprint reduction.

Slovenia is among more than a dozen countries who have used the Ecological Footprint to help guide environmental policy. Others include Ecuador, Japan, the Philippines, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.

 

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Additional Resources

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Materials from training

Calculate your individual Ecological Footprint  

Ecological Footprint data from countries around the world is available on the open Footprint Explorer data platform