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Ecological footprint is good at telling how much the authors weight relative to global ecological ressources. However it tells nothing on their geographical origin and makes no distinction between ecological ressources used from distant or local land. Moreover it does not measure the intensity of exploitation of soils or other sustainability considerations like biodiversity loss. There-fore the results provided by the footprint calculation are barely suitable for planning and policy design, as information on real use of local land is lost in the process of calculation. These issues are well known and are part of the research agenda set by the footprint research community and recommendations have been made to deal with them.
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