India ranks 24th in Environmental Democracy Index 2015


Environmental Democracy Index India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) 2015 which released by Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) and Access Initiative. In the first edition of Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) index, Lithuania has retained topped among the 70 countries.

  • Top ten countries are- Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Hungary, Bulgaria, Panama and Colombia.
  • EDI (Environmental Democracy Index) evaluates progress of countries in enacting laws in order to promote citizen engagement and accountability, transparency in environmental decision-making.
  • Right to environmental information has been established in the 93 % of the assessed countries and 79 % of assessed countries have earned only fair or poor ratings for public participation.
  • The index evaluates countries based on recognised international standards including 75 legal and 24 practice indicators.
  • The countries assessed have legal mechanisms that help women to access courts in order to obtain redress only 14 percent when their environmental rights are violated.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 25, 2015