© Global Footprint Network, 2011

Footprint: Rich vs Poor

Global map of national Ecological Footprint per person in 2008

A focus on emerging economies: BRIICS countries

The rapid economic expansion of Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa – the so-called BRIICS group – merit special attention when looking at the Ecological Footprint and the pressure on biocapacity.

High population growth in the BRIICS group along with increasing average consumption per person are contributing to an economic transformation. As a result, the BRIICS economies are expanding more rapidly than those of high-income countries. This growth will bring important social benefits to these countries. The challenge, however, is to do this sustainably.