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Switzerland's ecological footprint

The ecological footprint only takes into account some of the environmental dimensions of sustainability; the dimensions of society and the economy are disregarded. In addition, the footprint measures the river and not the stock of natural resources. The loss of habitat, renewable or non-renewable natural resources and biodiversity, freshwater consumption or environmental pollution from heavy metals and the emission of difficult-to-decompose pollutants are not taken into account. The ecological footprint is therefore not a comprehensive sustainability indicator.

A study from 2006 by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE) and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) as well as the Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) used the Global Footprint Network method for the footprint of the Switzerland evaluated. In particular, the study examined to what extent the data from international sources (mainly from the United Nations) of the Global Footprint Network correspond to the official statistics of Switzerland. As it turned out, the two data sets agree very well with each other.

On the basis of this study and recommendations from other countries, the method of the Global Footprint Network was further developed. The Global Footprint Network publishes revised and updated results every year. These include the calculations of the footprint and biocapacity for Switzerland and 190 other countries.