Category Ecological Footprints and Energy

Glossary

biocapacity The potential productivity of the biologically productive space within a specified country, region, or territory.

biologically productive space Areas of land and water capable of supporting photosynthesis at sufficient rates to provide economically useful concentrations of biomass. Marginal and unproductive regions, such as deserts, tundra, and the deep oceans, are excluded. The global biologically productive space totals 11.4 billion ha.

ecological deficit The amount by which the ecological footprint of a population (e. g., a country or region) exceeds the biocapacity of the space available to that population.

ecological footprint A measure of how much biocapacity a population, organization, or process requires to pro­duce its resources and absorb its waste using prevailing te...

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