This paper investigates the coherence of the relationship between indicandum (the subject to be indicated) and indicator (how the subject is effectively indicated) in the framework of the Ecological Footprint (EF). In this case, the indicandum is potential overuse of regenerative capacity measured by the indicator EF. According to the latest definition, EF measures the area of biologically productive land and water required to produce all the resources consumed and to absorb the waste (ill particular the carbon dioxide) generated, considering prevailing technology and resource management practices. The term "prevailing technology" replaces "sustainable way" in the definition. This creates confusion and prevents the indicator from fully representing the indicandum. A correction factor in the classical EF formulation is proposed to restore coherence of the indicandum-indicator relationship. The correction factor is particularly relevant for cropland and fishing grounds.

Indicator and Indicandum: “sustainable way” vs “prevailing technology” in the Ecological Footprint

PULSELLI, R. M.;
2012-01-01

Abstract

This paper investigates the coherence of the relationship between indicandum (the subject to be indicated) and indicator (how the subject is effectively indicated) in the framework of the Ecological Footprint (EF). In this case, the indicandum is potential overuse of regenerative capacity measured by the indicator EF. According to the latest definition, EF measures the area of biologically productive land and water required to produce all the resources consumed and to absorb the waste (ill particular the carbon dioxide) generated, considering prevailing technology and resource management practices. The term "prevailing technology" replaces "sustainable way" in the definition. This creates confusion and prevents the indicator from fully representing the indicandum. A correction factor in the classical EF formulation is proposed to restore coherence of the indicandum-indicator relationship. The correction factor is particularly relevant for cropland and fishing grounds.
2012
Biocapacity
Ecological Footprint
Indicandum
Indicator
Sustainability
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