It climbed 13 places
Chile rises to 16th place in world environmental performance ranking
The Index by two prestigious US universities highlights the country’s significant investments in environmental issues.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Chile climbed 13 places in the Biannual
Environmental Performance Index (EPI) published by the US universities of Yale and Columbia. This rise
puts the country in an outstanding 16th
place out of the 163 countries that were evaluated.
The measurement classifies countries
according to their development in 25
indicators distributed in 10 categories: environmental health, air quality,
water resource management, biodiversity and habitat, forestry, fisheries,
agriculture and climate change.
The index highlights Chile as one of the
countries with results that are significantly
better than average in the group with similar levels of development, thanks
to “substantial investment in environmental protection,” which earned it 73.3 points out of a maximum of 100.
Thus, in the list that is topped by
Iceland - followed by Switzerland, Costa Rica and Sweden - the country easily
takes the lead over developed nations like the United States and China. The top
ten also include Norway, France, Austria, Cuba and Colombia.
In the Latin American context, the EPI highlights
Chile as one of the countries that has bet most heavily on improving its
environmental performance recently, controlling pollution and administering its
Fishing activity key to rise
One of the sectors that most influenced
the climb was fishing. While it is true that agriculture and forestry activities were the best
evaluated in the measurement, the constant investments by the industry positioned it as the
third best-evaluated area, with a high
score of 93.6 points.
Meanwhile, the sectors where Chile needs
to improve include the protection of biodiversity, water management and air
pollution, areas with poorer results that bring the country’s score down.
Lastly, the text highlights the high correlation between the EPI
results and respect for the
rule of law, good governance, low levels of corruption and regulatory quality.
The results were presented in
the context of the World Economic Forum in Davos,
Switzerland, an event that attracts the most influential world leaders in
politics, the economy, science, culture and the environment.