What is the Forest Footprint?
The Forest Footprint is a tool developed since 2013 by Envol Vert which aims to reveal, at a country level (France, Columbia…), the impact of consumption on worldwide forests. The purpose is to raise awareness about human pressures on exceptional natural ecosystems, and in particular on forest ecosystems.
The Forest Footprint measures the forest area which is potentially destroyed due to the consumption of some commodities, focusing on eight primary commodities with a high risk of deforestation: palm oil, soybean, coffee, cocoa, rubber, timber, meat, paper, and cardboard.
The Forest Footprint indicates how many square meters of forest are destroyed due to the impact of consumption patterns. The calculation is based on several criteria and the calculation steps are explained below. Basically, the idea is to measure the quantity of deforestation-risk commodities in a finished product, calculate the surface area needed to produce this quantity based on the average production output and then weight by a deforestation risk ratio. This gives us the Forest Footprint indicator.
Reminder: the Forest Footprint is expressed in square meters (m²) and is not cumulative. It simply allows to show the impact of consumption at a given t-time.