Water footprint as an environmental tool

Helena Wessman

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Water footprint as an environmental tool. Water footprint is one of the newest calculation tools to assess sustainability of products and services. Led by the environmental NGOs and academics, interest in water footprint is growing fast but the methodology for forestry, industrial or agricultural processes is still open. Water footprint is a local indicator, dependent on water scarcity and dilution conditions. Water footprint defines the sum of the water use used in the various steps of the production chain, including direct and indirect water use. There are several approaches for methodology development. But the definitions and guidelines for data collection and calculations need still further work. ISO Standardization is about to begin early summer 2011.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForest-water interactions in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationJoensuu Forestry Networking Week 2010
EditorsUlla Vänttinen, Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Leena Finér, Ari Laurén, Tarja Lehto, Tarmo Tossavainen
Place of PublicationJoensuu
PublisherEuropean Forest Institute (EFI)
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-5453-68-3
ISBN (Print)978-952-5453-67-6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings

Publication series

SeriesEFI Technical Report


  • forestry
  • water
  • environment

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