Environmental democracy index launched


US and UK rank behind Russia, Latvia and Lithuania on environmental democracy index from the World Resources Institute.

The US and UK have been ranked fourth and sixth respectively in the new index.

The index tracks 70 countries on a measure of “environmental democracy.”

Lithuania, Latvia and Russia took the top three places.

The index evaluates whether governments promote transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement in environmental decision making.

It is assessed and scored by more than 140 international lawyers and experts.

The report credits Lithuania, Latvia and the UK for having ratified the Aarhus Convention, which establishes rights of the public with regard to the environment, and praises Russia for its transparency.

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