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The Ecological Footprint, Sustainability and Productivity

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The ecological footprint (EFP) is an environmental planning tool and is used to determine sustainability. EFP accounts for the flow of energy and matter to and from any defined economy and converts this into land and water area required to support such a flow. The ecological footprint, sustainability and productivity are closely locked together in national and global situations. The ecological footprint gives a reliable and quantifiable indication of the spatial support requirements of any urban area. It is a sound planning tool, since through its use, knowledge can be obtained of the necessity of the land surface required to feed it and to deal with the resources required by and discarded from the inhabitants: this information should assist in the development of remedial decision making and with the object of making the urban areas more compatible and in harmony with the ecological situation of a nation.

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