By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, December 6, 2012
According to the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) issued by Yale University, Morocco ranks 105th position among 132 countries.
The results of the EPI study set five categories based on the delivery of environmental policies. The categories range from strongest performers led by Switzerland, strong performers topped by Germany, most performers led by Georgia, weaker performers with Togo at the top and weakest performers headed by Tajikistan. Morocco is ranked among weaker performers with an index of 45, 76.
Moroccan policy makers are urged to aggregate more efforts to protect biodiversity where Morocco ranks 117th position and the quality of potable water where it ranks 116th. Morocco’s environmental record is more positive in agriculture where it ranks 19th position and climate change where it is ranks 47th .
In the 2012 EPI ranking, the top five countries are Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Luxembourg, and Costa Rica. The bottom five countries are South Africa, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iraq.
The EPI is a method of quantifying and numerically benchmarking the environmental performance of a country’s policies.
The EPI was first published in 2002 by Yale University’s Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and Columbia’s Center for International Earth Science. It ranks countries on performance indicators assessed across policies that cover both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality.
These indicators provide a gauge at the compliance of domestic policies to environmental benchmarking. The study gauges 22 criteria including the level of pollution in the air, the availability of water resources, biodiversity, forest exploitation and the impact of climate change.