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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Friday, February 24, 2006

Environmental Performance Index 2006

Environment and Development Development Gateway: The 2006 Environmental Performance Index was released at the World Economic Forum, with New Zealand ranking on the top. According to the related Press Release, the EPI identifies targets for environmental performance and measures how close each country comes to these goals. It ranks 133 countries on 16 indicators tracked in six established policy categories: Environmental Health, Air Quality, Water Resources, Biodiversity and Habitat, Productive Natural Resources, and Sustainable Energy. As a quantitative gauge of pollution control and natural resource management results, the Index provides a powerful tool for improving policymaking and shifting environmental decision making onto firmer analytic foundations.

The Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index, was developed by the Center for Environmental Law & Policy at Yale University and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

2006 Environmental Performance Index Website
Overall 2006 Environmental Performance Index Country Rankings
Press Release: New Zealand Tops New Environmental Scorecard at World Economic Forum in Davos
2005 Environmental Sustainability Index: Benchmarking National Environmental Stewardship


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