In general, biocapacity is the amount of resources available to people at a specific moment in time to a specific population and to differentiate between ecological footprint that is the demand constructed on behalf of a regional ecosystem.
The difference between the Biocapacity and the Ecological Footprint of consumption can result either in ecological deficit, when the Ecological Footprint of consumption exceeds the Biocapacity, either in ecological reserve when the Biocapacity exceeds the Ecological Footprint of consumption. If the ecological footprint of a human population exceeds the biocapacity of its environment, the situation is unsustainable.
Disturbingly, worldwide the total human ecological footprint is 2. 6 global hectares per capita (gha cap) compared with a total worldwide biocapacity of only 1. 8 ghacap (GFN Ecological Footprint Atlas 2009). The difference between the biocapacity and ecological footprint of a region or country. An ecological deficit occurs when the footprint of a population exceeds the biocapacity of the area available to that population.
Hong Kong Ecological Footprint Report 2013 Appendix 1 CALCULATING THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT AND BIOCAPACITY The National Footprint Accounts track (Carbon Footprint).
The difference between a countrys Production and Consumption Footprint is trade, and is What is the distribution of the difference between ecological footprint and biological capacity? U. S.Africa, India, and China have footprints greater than biocapacity (biocapacity debtors) Canada, South America, and Asia have biocapacity greater than footprint (biocapacity creditors) Ecological Footprint is a progress indicator which is used to achieve environmental sustainability.
The paper starts with a small introduction on Ecological Footprint and is then followed by the relationship between Biocapacity (BC) and Ecological Footprint (EF). BC and EF share a supply and demand relationship. The ecological footprint and the carbon footprint are both matrices developed to measure the impact of routine human activity on the environment.
Yet they differ in their scope, expression of impact values, and the perspective of the calculation. If the ecological footprint for a given population is smaller than the biocapacity of the area it occupies, then all is well and the population is sustainable. This map compares each country's total consumption Footprint with the biocapacity available within its own borders.
Many countries rely, in net terms, on the biocapacity of other nations to meet domestic demands for goods and services.