22 October 2009

The Wealth of Africa - Securing Human Well Being in an Ecologically Constrained World

image from Vita [Ireland]

“Development that ignores the limits of our natural resources ultimately ends up imposing disproportionate costs on the most vulnerable.”

Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D., President Global Footprint Network

Global Footprint Network [GFN] has just released the Africa Factbook 2009, which charts Africa’s Footprint & human development trends:

www.footprintnetwork.org/images/uploads/AfricaFactbook_2009.pdf [15 MB]

"Many low-income countries have an abundance of natural resources, yet their populations often suffer first and most tragically when humanity’s demand on nature exceeds what nature can renewably provide...[we need to] focus on how to advance human development that works with, rather than against, the Earths ecological budget constraints."

GFN are also hosting a free Webinar, 'The Wealth of Africa: Securing Human Well-being in an Ecologically Constrained World', Tuesday Nov. 10th at 14:15 GMT. The Webinar, moderated by Global Footprint Network President, Dr. Wackernagel, will feature renowned panelists including representatives of the African Development Bank, UNIDO, OECD and Kofi Annan's African Progress Panel. Participation is free.

There will also be an event in Siena in June 2010 focusing on bringing these two storylines together: quality of life for all [ending extreme poverty, the humanitarian question] within the means of nature [the ecological limits question], The Opportunity of Limits.

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