Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)Entry ID: CIESIN_SEDAC_EPI_2006
Abstract: The Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) centers on two broad environmental protection objectives: (1) reducing environmental stresses on human health, and (2) promoting ecosystem vitality and sound natural resource management. Derived from a careful review of the environmental literature, these twin goals mirror the priorities expressed by policymakers. Environmental health and ... ecosystem vitality are gauged using sixteen indicators tracked in six well-established policy categories: Environmental Health, Air Quality, Water Resources, Productive Natural Resources, Biodiversity and Habitat, and Sustainable Energy. The Pilot 2006 EPI utilizes a proximity-to-target methodology focused on a core set of environmental outcomes linked to policy goals for which every government should be held accountable. By identifying specific targets and measuring how close each country comes to them, the EPI provides a factual foundation for policy analysis and a context for evaluating performance. Issue-by-issue and aggregate rankings facilitate cross-country comparisons both globally and within relevant peer groups. The Pilot 2006 EPI is the result of collaboration among the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), Columbia University Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), World Economic Forum (WEF), and the Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission.
The report of the methodologies and the results, as well as the EPI, component scores, raw variable data for all countries in Portable Document (PDF) and Microsoft Excel (XLS) formats, and maps in Portable Document (PDF) and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) formats are available from the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC).
Purpose: To provide quantitative metrics for evaluating a country's environmental performance in different policy categories relative to clearly defined targets.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP)/Yale University, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)/Columbia University, World Economic Forum (WEF), and Joint Research Centre (JRC)/European Commission
Dataset Title: Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
Dataset Release Date: 2006
Dataset Release Place: New Haven, CT
Dataset Publisher: Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP)/Yale University
Data Presentation Form: document, tabular, mapOnline Resource: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/set/epi-pilot-environmental-p...
Start Date: 1994-01-01Stop Date: 2005-01-01
Latitude Resolution: 7.0724
Longitude Resolution: 7.0724
Use Constraints The locations of stream measurement points were digitized from 1:126,720-scale
county road maps. The corresponding stream reaches were derived from a
1:250,000 hydrography coverage (Soenksen and others, 1999). If measurement
sites are used separately from reaches, the maximum scale of 1:100,000 should
not be exceeded. When used in conjunction with the reach segments, the maximum
scale should not exceed 1:250,000.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: ftp
Distribution Size: 18212 bytes
Distribution Format: ArcInfo
Fees: No fees
Distribution Media: ftp
Fees: No fees
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: mrjohns at usgs.gov
Federal Bldg., Room 406
Province or State: NE
Postal Code: 68508
Soenksen, P.J., Miller, L.D., Sharpe, J.B., and Watton, J.B., 1999, Peak-
flow frequency relations and evaluation of the peak-flow gaging network
in Nebraska: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report
99-4032, 47 p.
U.S. Geological Survey, 1976, Water Resources Data, Nebraska,
Water Year 1975: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Data Report NE 75-1,
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-07-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-05-27