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ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT

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French Equivalent: Empreinte écologique

Definition:
An ecological footprint is the land (and water) area of the planet or particular area required for the support either of humankind’s current lifestyle or the consumption pattern of a particular population. It is the inverse of the carrying capacity of a territory.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, November 06, 2001