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Verification of UAE's National Footprint Accounts

Every other year, in advance of the publication of The Living Planet (LPR), the UAE Ecological Footprint Initiative (EFI) team undertakes a data verification exercise. The key objective is to increase confidence in the UAE’s National Footprint Accounts – i.e. the data used to calculate the UAE’s Ecological Footprint. In light of the still developing standards of data reporting in the UAE, EWS-WWF, in its role as the EFI secretariat, has been providing crucial support to ensure that the calculations are robust and representative. 

The data verification process involves extensive consultations with a range of federal and emirate-level stakeholders, in order to secure the most representative and accurate data for the Footprint calculation. 

Over the years, the collaborative review and use of locally available data has had a significant impact on the UAE Footprint value. In 2016, the UAE Ecological Footprint value registered a 35 per cent decrease due to the use of local, official data. The verification of the UAE National Footprint Accounts, and related interactions with data stakeholders, has also led to the identification of a range of data integrity issues and possible policy solutions.

UAE National Footprint Accounts 2014 

The UAE National Footprint Accounts 2014: Data Verification Synthesis Report captures the results of the 2014 data verification. The verification process resulted in a 24 per cent reduction compared to the value that would have been calculated by solely relying on international statistics. The remarkable difference makes a strong case for the urgent and important need for better data organization, management and streamlined communication of UAE data to international repositories.

UAE National Footprint Accounts 2012

In 2012, we studied the UAE National Footprint Accounts for data gaps and inconsistencies. Due to the proportional significance of carbon dioxide emissions (in 2009, they constituted 73 per cent of the total footprint), the analysis focused on the carbon component of the data. The aim? To identify the best ways to systematically address data challenges in the calculation of the UAE’s Ecological Footprint.

What are the next steps?

The EFI team is currently working on data verification for the upcoming Living Planet Report 2016. 


UAE National Footprint Accounts 2014: Data Organization and Management Report

This report includes:
Analysis of four footprint land-types: cropland, grazing, forest and fish;

A comparison of two main sources of input data: UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and UAE National Bureau of Statistics (NBS);

Evaluation of data challenges such as the use of non-official figures (estimates, unofficial sources, etc.);

Recommendations for improved data management in the UAE.

Download the report here

Data Verification Synthesis Report 2014

This report includes:

The updated Footprint results for the UAE, based on 2010 data;

A summary of the data verification process, which focused on the carbon component;

A compilation of relevant UAE data stakeholders for the different footprint land types.

Download the report here

Data Organization and Management Report: NFA 2012 Edition

This report includes:
Review of raw data and calculations used for the carbon component of the Ecological Footprint;

Graphs, detailed data and inter-temporal comparisons for the period between 1991 and 2009, for which reliable data was available;

Background information about the Ecological Footprint accounting methodology.

Download the report here.