OAKLAND, Calif., April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ecological Footprint data for over 200 countries is now freely available, searchable and usable at Ecological Footprint Explorer, the new open data platform that Global Footprint Network launches on April 5 at data.footprintnetwork.org.
By offering researchers, analysts, and decision-makers a new and deeper way to interact with, and download, Ecological Footprint data, Global Footprint Network, an international research organization, aims to amplify its ability to change how the world manages its natural resources and create a sustainable future.
"We live on one planet with limited natural resources. That's a reality we need to carefully track and address if we're serious about fulfilling the global commitments of the Paris Climate Accord and the Sustainable Development Goals," said Mathis Wackernagel, co-inventor of the Ecological Footprint and CEO of Global Footprint Network.
The core of the organization's work is the Ecological Footprint metric, which compares human demand on nature to what the planet can renew.
Global Footprint Network will hold two webinars, on April 5 and 6, to present and explain the new open data platform. To register, visit www.footprintnetwork.org/webinar.
A formal launch event will be held in San Francisco on April 27. Thought leaders from Google Earth, Aclima, Capgemini, data.world, and the City of Oakland will join a panel discussion on the crucial role of data in taking action to effectively advance sustainability.
National Footprint Accounts 2017
The launch of the Footprint Explorer coincides with the release of Global Footprint Network's National Footprint Accounts (NFAs) 2017 Edition. Every year, the organization produces a new edition of its NFAs, which track the evolution of the Ecological Footprint of more than 200 countries from 1961 to the present. Based on approximately 15,000 data points per country per year, this data has been used to influence policy in more than a dozen countries, including Ecuador, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates.
"The Ecological Footprint is a critical tool for ensuring that we mitigate and adapt to climate change while also preserving the integrity of our vital natural resources and protecting our country from future risk," said the former President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino II.
The 2017 NFAs, based on 2013 data (latest UN data available), incorporate the latest carbon emissions data from UN statistics, including from the International Energy Agency.
For more highlights from NFA2017, visit http://www.footprintnetwork.org/explorerlaunch.
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.
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