Task to gather ecological footprint accomplished

ABU DHABI - The committee tasked with gathering data to ascertain the country's ecological footprint has accomplished its task as part of an ongoing project to develop guidelines for a more resource-efficient government and society.

By Asma Hamid (Our staff reporter)

Published: Thu 24 Jul 2008, 1:51 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:15 PM

A meeting of the Ecological Footprint Committee was held at the Federal Environmental Agency in Abu Dhabi in which Minister of Environment and Water Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad reviewed the progress of Al Basama Al Beeiya (Ecological Footprint).

Al Basama Al Beeiya was launched on October 18, 2007 as a national effort to measure and understand the country's ecological footprint, an assessment of human demand on nature, measuring consumption and comparing it with the planet's capacity to generate resources.

The 2006 Living Planet Report by the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) estimated the country's ecological footprint to be almost seven times the global average, making it the highest in the world.

There are many reasons that make the country susceptible to having a high ecological footprint.

According to Environment Authority - Abu Dhabi (EAD), the reasons include the fact that natural forests that rid the environment of carbon dioxide do not exist, while the sea area to absorb the gas is also limited.

Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases whose excessive presence in the atmosphere is causing global warming.

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