Measuring what matters: Biocapacity and ecological footprint

Although gross domestic product and the human development index are often used to measure a country's progress, they miss the fact that all economic activity and human well-being is inseparably linked to ecosystems. Measuring the amount of biologically productive land and sea area needed to supply a person or a population with their current resource demands, and then comparing this to biocapacity, is one way to fill this gap.

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