- Date: 14 Jun 2012
- Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
- Organizer: WWF International
- Theme: Sustainable cities
- Perspective: Global
- Language: english
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The ?footprint family? and its application
SummaryThe main purpose of this course will be to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the three footprint family of indicators known as Ecological Footprint, Water Footprint and Carbon Footprint. It would help the general audiences and decision makers to understand how these indicators are useful in measuring various relevant dimensions of sustainable development.
Unfortunately, it seems that by the same time the broader audience and decision makers are getting interested in the concept of the footprint calculation they are also getting confused about the difference between the indicators and how they are able to measure the pressures of human development on the planet. This session will make the differences of these indicators clear and will also underline its complementarities using specific examples of the field, e.g. http://www.wwf.org.br/informacoes/english/?25600/Campo-Grande-in-the-Pantanal-is-the-1st-city-in-Brazil-to-develop-an-Ecological-Footprint.
We will present the application of each indicator using concrete examples and we are designing the session as participatory as possible, closing the session with an expert panel discussion.
IntroductionThe introduction of the course will be a presentation on the footprint family. In this case we will use the findings of the OPEN project (Integrating Ecological, Carbon and Water footprint: defining the footprint family and its Applications in tracking Humana Pressure on the Planet; Open, Technical Document, 2011) and use some examples from our implementing experience in the field work of WWF and Trucost.
ObjectiveClarify the strengths and weaknesses of the three footprint family of indicators known as Ecological Footprint, Water Footprint and Carbon Footprint. It would help the general audiences and decision makers to understand how these indicators are useful in measuring various relevant dimensions of sustainable development.
Programme00:10 ? Introduction
00:20 - Ecological footprint
00:15 ? Questions
00:20 ? Water Footprint
00:15 ? Questions
00:20 ? Carbon Footprint
00:15 ? Questions
00:35 ? Panel discussion
MethodThe training session will be based on the presentations of the concepts of the footprint and the discussion in plenary.
ImpactThe impact is to forster the discussion of the use of the ecological footprint in Brazil and the strengthen the accounting systems to measure the use of natural resources.
Kyle Gracey (GFN-Global Footprint Network)
Kyle contributes to applications of and improvements to the Ecological Footprint standards. Before joining Global Footprint Network, he has worked at the White House, Worldwatch Institute, SustainUS, U.S. Departments of Transportation and the Treasury, Carnegie Mellon University, and Gade Environmental Group consulting. He serves on the boards of directors of nonprofits SustainUS, Student Pugwash USA, and the Society for Conservation Biology. He holds a M.S. from the Physical Sciences Division and Public Policy School at the University of Chicago, and B.S. degrees in Ecological Economics and Biochemistry/Biophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Richard Mattison (Trucost)
Richard Mattison is one of the founding directors of Trucost. He is a member of the UK Government's Sustainable Development panel and is a regular public speaker on environmental issues. Richard has a PhD in Neuroscience and a BSc (Hons) in Physiology from Edinburgh University.
Dr. Ashok Kumar Chapagain (WWF-UK)
Water footprint officer at WWF , Post-doc researcher at , University of Twente, The Netherlands , PhD Researcher at UNESCO-IHE Institute for water education , Engineer at Ministry of Water Resources, Department of Irrigation, Nepal.