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India Ranks 24th in Environmental Democracy Index
May 29, 2015

India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index that is topped by Lithuania. This index evaluates nations' progress in enacting laws to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in environmental decision making.

In the list launched by Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) and Access Initiative—Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, the US, South Africa, the UK, Hungary, Bulgaria, Panama and Colombia are the top 10 nations.

  • The index evaluates environmental democracy in 70 countries, including 75 legal and 24 practice indicators, based on recognised international standards.

  • According to the report, 93 per cent of the assessed countries have established the right to environmental information. Almost half of these countries (45 per cent) do not have strong protections to ensure that access to information is affordable and timely.

  • The vast majority of countries assessed (79 per cent) earned only fair or poor ratings for public participation, because many nations lag on providing citizens basic environmental information.

  • Nearly half (46 per cent) of the countries assessed do not provide any ambient air quality data online for their capital cities.

  • In 73 per cent of the countries, courts will hear environmental cases. But very few countries assessed have assistance for marginalized groups.

  • Only 14 per cent of the countries have legal mechanisms that help women access courts to obtain redress when their environmental rights are violated.

  • With a number of critical moments in environment and sustainability in 2015, advancing good governance and environmental rights are essential. This index is a powerful lever that will help governments to become more transparent and ordinary citizens to advocate for more rights.

  • For the first time, common index is released to understand the state of environmental democracy for countries around the world, which is essential to strengthen laws and public participation around environmental issues.


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