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How do nations rank on the Ecological Footprint per capita index? - Answers

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How do nations rank on the Ecological Footprint per capita index?

World map depicting Ecological footprints Index

All the resources that we use for our daily needs come from the earth. The necessities that are essential for our survival such as food and power are produced within the confines of nature using raw natural resources.

Thus, an ecological footprint can be defined as a measurement of an area of land required to support a population. It is a biologically productive area that provides all the necessities that the people use. These may include land required for buildings and roads, fruits and vegetables, forests, water, and energy use, among others.

Ecological footprints can be measured at an individual level, or at cities, countries, or even a global scale. If a nation is using more resources than ecological footprint of its biocapacity, then it is running an ecological deficit.

The table below provides information on the ecological footprints per country in global hectares per person.

Country Ecological footprint (gha/person)
Qatar 15.7
Luxembourg 12.3
United Arab Emirates 9.8
Mongolia 9.5
Bahrain 8.7
United States of America 8.4
Canada 8
Kuwait 7.6
Denmark 7.1
Estonia 7
Australia 6.9
Bermuda 6.8
Belgium 6.7
Trinidad and Tobago 6.7
Sweden 6.6
Aruba 6.4
Oman 6.3
Finland 6.1
Norway 6
Saudi Arabia 6
Cook Islands 6
Netherlands 5.9
Austria 5.9
Singapore 5.9
Kiribati 5.8
Korea, Republic of 5.8
Kazakhstan 5.8
Lithuania 5.8
Micronesia, Federated States of 5.7
Latvia 5.6
Czech Republic 5.6
Russian Federation 5.6
Turkmenistan 5.6
Brunei Darussalam 5.5
Cayman Islands 5.5
Réunion 5.4
Belize 5.2
Germany 5
Malta 4.9
Switzerland 4.9
Bahamas 4.8
United Kingdom 4.8
Japan 4.7
Ireland 4.7
France 4.7
Belarus 4.7
Israel 4.7
Slovenia 4.7
Bhutan 4.6
Montserrat 4.6
Martinique 4.5
Poland 4.4
Malaysia 4.4
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 4.3
Greece 4.3
Italy 4.3
Slovakia 4.2
Antigua and Barbuda 4.2
Guadeloupe 4.1
French Polynesia 4.1
Chile 4
Fiji 3.9
Spain 3.8
Vanuatu 3.8
China 3.7
Argentina 3.7
Portugal 3.7
Paraguay 3.7
Suriname 3.6
Croatia 3.6
Hungary 3.6
Barbados 3.6
Mauritius 3.5
Montenegro 3.4
South Africa 3.4
Iran, Islamic Republic of 3.4
Lebanon 3.4
Cyprus 3.3
Tonga 3.3
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.3
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of 3.3
Turkey 3.2
Bulgaria 3.2
Grenada 3.1
Macedonia TFYR 3.1
Brazil 3.1
Bolivia 3.1
Equatorial Guinea 3
Uruguay 3
Ukraine 3
Djibouti 2.9
Serbia 2.9
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of 2.9
Guyana 2.9
Romania 2.8
Gabon 2.7
French Guiana 2.6
Mexico 2.5
Botswana 2.5
Dominica 2.5
Costa Rica 2.5
Thailand 2.5
Algeria 2.4
Swaziland 2.4
Samoa 2.4
Panama 2.3
Mauritania 2.3
Peru 2.3
Tunisia 2.2
Uzbekistan 2.2
Azerbaijan 2.2
Albania 2.1
Jordan 2.1
Namibia 2.1
Iraq 2.1
Saint Lucia 2.1
Ecuador 2
Armenia 2
El Salvador 2
Egypt 2
Ghana 2
Moldova 1.9
Colombia 1.9
Cuba 1.9
Georgia 1.9
Papua New Guinea 1.8
Guatemala 1.8
Sao Tome and Principe 1.8
Lao People’s Democratic Republic 1.8
Jamaica 1.8
Niger 1.8
Kyrgyzstan 1.8
Morocco 1.7
Viet Nam 1.7
Honduras 1.7
Chad 1.6
Cabo Verde 1.6
Indonesia 1.6
Dominican Republic 1.6
Angola 1.6
Myanmar 1.5
South Sudan 1.5
Mali 1.5
Sri Lanka 1.5
Nicaragua 1.5
Tanzania, United Republic of 1.5
Guinea 1.5
Lesotho 1.5
Syrian Arab Republic 1.5
Benin 1.4
Cambodia 1.3
Burkina Faso 1.3
Côte d’Ivoire 1.3
Guinea-Bissau 1.3
Cameroon 1.3
Sierra Leone 1.2
Sudan 1.2
Congo 1.2
Somalia 1.2
Liberia 1.2
Uganda 1.2
Central African Republic 1.1
India 1.1
Nigeria 1.1
Senegal 1.1
Togo 1.1
Philippines 1.1
Ethiopia 1.1
Zimbabwe 1.1
Kenya 1
Nepal 1
Yemen 1
Madagascar 1
Tajikistan 1
Gambia 1
Zambia 1
Mozambique 0.9
Comoros 0.8
Malawi 0.8
Bangladesh 0.8
Pakistan 0.8
Rwanda 0.8
Afghanistan 0.8
Congo, Democratic Republic of 0.8
Haiti 0.7
Burundi 0.6
Timor-Leste 0.6
Eritrea 0.5

 

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