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The Envi­ron­men­tal Per­for­mance Index

pub­lished 24 Decem­ber 2008 | mod­i­fied 12 Jan­u­ary 2012

Researchers from Yale and Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity devel­oped the Envi­ron­men­tal Per­for­mance Index (EPI). In Europe they found that envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion in the Nether­lands is just mod­er­ate. The Netherland’s scores are not great. With just a 55th place of 149 in the EU, the Dutch will only leave Bel­gium, Czech Repub­lic, Slo­va­kia, Bul­garia and Roma­nia behind. Of the 24 EPI indi­ca­tors, the Nether­lands is doing par­tic­u­larly poorly in land and marine nature. This results in a poor habi­tat for ani­mals and plants, and bio­di­ver­sity loss. There’s no research with­out some crit­i­cism of course.

For exam­ple, the Nether­lands crit­i­cise the fact that small nature reserves, of which many exist in the Nether­lands, has not been included. The Amer­i­can researchers on the other hand, sus­pect that some coun­tries pre­tended their nat­ural envi­ron­ment was in bet­ter shape than it actual is, to improve their score in the EPI. For exam­ple the high posi­tion of Rus­sia raises ques­tions, accord­ing David Esty, head of the research team. (Source: NRC 16.07.2008)

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