Environmental Democracy Index

On May 20, the World Resources Institute announced the launch of its new Environmental Democracy Index.  In the words of WRI, "The index offers new insights into the state of environmental democracy around the world and opportunities to use the tool to support reform. EDI is the first index to measure how well countries’ national laws protect environmental democracy rights, namely: the right of the public to freely access relevant and timely information, to provide public input and scrutiny in decision-making, and to seek justice before an independent and fair legal authority in cases of environmental harm or violation of rights."  As followers of this website know, these three access rights have strong roots in human rights law.  The index allows users to see whether and how those rights are reflected in domestic laws of countries around the world.