Study ex­am­ines growth’s im­pact on en­vi­ron­ment

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

ASH­FORD is lead­ing the way when it comes to study­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of its growth plans. A study to help un­der­stand what needs to be done to en­sure en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity for the bor­ough has just started, lead­ing to claims the town is one step ahead. The Eco­log­i­cal Foot­print study will quan­tify the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts of growth in the long term and iden­tify ac­tions to re­duce them. Ash­ford is the only growth area in the coun­try cur­rently un­der­tak­ing such an as­sess­ment. The study, which is be­ing con­ducted by Stock­holm En­vi­ron­ment In­sti­tute in as­so­ci­a­tion with English Part­ner­ships and the World Wildlife Fund, will be com­plete by Septem­ber. Sara Kas­sam, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor for Ash­ford’s Fu­ture, said: “With more than six bil­lion peo­ple liv­ing on the planet, there is an in­creas­ing need to un­der­stand how much of the planet’s nat­u­ral re­sources we have to share be­tween us. “The Eco­log­i­cal Foot­print is one way that en­ables us to do this. “Cal­cu­lat­ing Ash­ford’s Foot­print will high­light what we can all do to be more sus­tain­able.”

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