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2/16/2012
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Studio shows discrepancies between countries´ efforts.

Latin America and the Caribbean countries’ environmental management gets the lowest marks for forest and water resource protection, according to a joint study by Yale University and Columbia University published on Jan. 25.

The two universities released their Environmental Performance Index, which ranks 132 countries based on their management of water, air pollution, biodiversity and habitats, forestry, fisheries, agriculture and climate change. The study evaluated data such as child mortality, access to water and sewage systems, protection of biomass, agriculture subventions, pesticide regulations, change of forested area, deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and use of renewable energy.

The report said that “In the environmental health objective, global trends show decreasing child mortality as well as increasing access to sanitation and drinking water. However, persistent challenges remain in the Ecosystem Vitality objective.”.
—Latinamerica Press.

LATIN AMERICA / CARIBBEAN
Environmental Performance Index

Country
Position
Score*
Costa Rica
5
69.0
Colombia
27
62.3
Brazil
30
60.9
Ecuador
31
58.4
Nicaragua
35
59.2
Panama
39
57.9
Uruguay
46
57.0
Cuba
50
56.4
Argentina
51
51.7
Venezuela
56
53.4
Chile
58
55.3
Bolivia
62
54.5
Jamaica
63
54.3
Honduras
71
52.5
Dominican Rep.
72
52.4
Paraguay
73
52.4
El Salvador
75
52.0
Guatemala
76
51.8
Peru
81
50.2
Mexico
84
49.1
Trinidad & Tobago
96
47.0
Haiti
118
41.4

* The score is calculated from 0 to 100, where 100 is the best performance.

Sources:
- Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Yale University

- Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University


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