Environmental Stewardship

The Environmental Stewardship domain measures each country’s global citizenship commitment in three major areas: the extent to which countries have signed and ratified international conventions and protocols related to climate and environmental protection; the level of countries’ monitoring and reporting and funding requirements of each convention; and the extent to which countries have implemented the principles of the conventions. In the absence of sufficient international agreements and commitments, we draw upon existing best practice standards set forth by NGOs, think tanks, and other international institutions. Implementation is generally measured by current conditions in the country and therefore looks more at results of countries’ actions regarding implementation rather than the actual process of implementation. The six indicators to measure implementation for the Environmental Stewardship Domain are: Reduce Pressure on Earth’s Resources; Reduce Air Pollution; Protect and Promote Biodiversity; Protect Water Resources; Promote Clean/Renewable Energy Sources; and Reduce Deforestation. There is also an additional indicator to account for current events in environmental stewardship.

An overview of the domain methodology and results can be found using the navigation bar to the left. More detailed information on methodology as well as individual country write-ups can be found in the complete Environmental Stewardship Domain Report.