Ecological footprint of Rawalpindi; Pakistan's first footprint analysis from urbanization perspective


Rashid A., Irum A., Malik I. A. , Ashraf A., Liu Rongqiong L. R. , Liu G., ...More

JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, vol.170, pp.362-368, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 170
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.09.186
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.362-368
  • Keywords: Biocapacity, Urbanization, Bahria Town, Ecological overshoot, EcoHealth, SOLID-WASTE MANAGEMENT, WATER FOOTPRINT, APPROPRIATION, CONSUMPTION, TRACKING

Abstract

Estimates of footprint have rationalized the approach of environmental input-output assessments. In this study, the Ecological Footprint denotes the bioproductive area needed to sustain a population. We evaluated the living style standards of urbanized areas of Rawalpindi (i.e. Bahria Town and Gulraiz Colony) to calculate their Ecological Footprint. Comprehensive information was obtained from the population of these two areas by questionnaires and subsequent analysis using the Ecological Footprint calculator formulated by Redefined Progress. The Ecological Footprint of Bahria Town is 8.6 g ha (global hectares) and Gulraiz Colony is 6.9 g ha, which indicates that the urban population in these two areas are living a luxurious life style and consuming resources far more than the biocapacity of Pakistan. Another aspect that emerged from this study is that the biocapacity of Pakistan is unable to meet the needs of people due to population increase. Both Bahria Town and Gulraiz Colony have Ecological Footprints higher than national standard values, which illustrates that if all others lived like people in the studied areas then Pakistan's Ecological Footprints (4.7 g ha) would double and overpopulation will have further stress on the ecosystem. We propose maximum utilization of green resources and adaption of energy saving habits as immediate intervention measures to reduce the Ecological Footprint. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.