• Date: 14 Jun 2012
  • Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Organizer: WWF International
  • Theme: Sustainable cities
  • Perspective: Global
  • Language: english
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All SD-Learning courses will be held at Room T-7 at the Major Groups/Side events pavilion at the RioCentro Convention Center. More information can be found at our Logistics page.

The ?footprint family? and its application

The 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.

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.


The 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 Eco


Clarify the strengths and weaknesses of the three footprint fami


00:10 ? 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


The training session will be based on the presentations of the concepts of the footprint and the discussion in plenary.


The 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.

Instructor 1
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
Instructor 2
Dr. Richard Mattison (Trucost)
Richard Mattison is on
Instructor 3
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.
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