ECOLOGICAL HUMAN IMPRINT IN EGYPT: PROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS AND VIEWS FROM ECOLOGICAL SUSTAINABILITY AND MODELING

Safwat H. Shakir Hanna, Magdy T. Khalil

Abstract


The Ecological Human Imprint (EHI) is a measuring tool to assess the carrying capacity of an area with regard to the use of the planet's natural resources. In this suggested scientific paper, the EHI is a tool that can measure and assess ability to provide goods and services from the nature to the human beings that are living on the Egyptian Land. Additionally, it will be acting as a feedback to policies and strategies utilized in measuring the sustainable development. It will measure the ability of policies that can be implemented to reduce environmental impact. The new index (EHI) is an important measure for calculating the human demands and impacts on Egptian environment. In this respect, the ecological human imprint is a function of all the parameters that interact between the power of ecosystem productivity, human interactions and activities on a particular ecosystem or the demand from that ecosystem. The present paper is covering and analysing the ecosystems’ productivity and the human demand from the ecosystems. It is producing comprehensive analyses in measuring the possibility of capabilities of the Egyptian ecosystems to provide goods and services to the human beings. Additionally, the paper is discussing the models that can be used in measuring the sustainability of ecosystems and, in particular, the natural resources in Egypt. Further it isassessing and introducing a comprehensive model called Ecological Human Imprint (EHI) and national resources changes of Egypt (EHI-NR-EG) that can describe the status of our ecosystems’ productivity and the impacts of changing of all parameters that impacts the natural resources current status and availability and human population within the Egyptian boundaries. Furthermore, the paper is providing some answers to the human issues in Egypt. Natural resources changes have many impacts and consequences as the results of human activities.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17628/ecb.2017.6.564-568

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