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Costa Rica Listed Among Top 10 In Environmental Index
While Switzerland dominates the top spot in the new environmental performance list by Yale and Columbia universities, Costa Rica came first in Latin America and placed well among industrialized nations in the first Environmental Performance Index (EPI), placing fifth overall, ahead of countries like the United States, Canada, Italy, France and Germany.

The U.S. placed 39th, Canada 12th, Italy 24th, France 10th and Germany 13th.

In Latin America, Colombia followed Costa Rica in second place and 9th overall in the EPI index.

Other Central American countries like Panama was placed in 32nd spot, El Salvador 65th, Guatemala 69th, Honduras 73rd, Nicaragua 77th and Belize 84th.

The 2008 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 149 countries on 25 indicators tracked across six established policy categories: Environmental Health, Air Pollution, Water Resources, Biodiversity and Habitat, Productive Natural Resources, and Climate Change.

The EPI identifies broadly-accepted targets for environmental performance and measures how close each country comes to these goals. 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 on to firmer analytic foundations.

"Costa Rica is proud to be a global leader in environmental conservation," said Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias.

In the EPI index, Costa Rica scored a 90 overall, with high marks in Productive Natural Resources, Climate Change, Adequate Sanitation and Drinking Water, and Air Pollution (ecosystems). However, it scored poorly in Marine Protected Areas, Effective Conservation, Biodersity and Habitat.

Click here for the complete EPI and details.
 


 

 

 

 
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