The Institute has created an accurate assessment tool for mapping ecologically important landscapes beyond protected areas. It highlights locations of high ecological value to avoid in the siting of new facilities. This new online local ecological footprinting tool, LEFT, addresses a growing need to assess the ecological impact of industrial and business facilities outside of protected areas. The LEFT tool integrates existing globally available databases and models to provide an ecological score based on five key features; biodiversity, vulnerability, fragmentation, connectivity and resilience. The end product is a map indicating ecological value across the required landscape.