Agency Strategic Goal:
The World's Environment Protected for Long Term
National environmental management strategies and
World Development Indicators (Table 3.9); USAID
Performance Goal 1:
environmental management strategies
prepared and international treaties
participation (see comments below).
A 19 point scale was developed to assess a government's
commitment to the environment.
A low level of commitment was
considered to be 0 7, a medium level of commitment 7.5 14, and a high
level 14.5 19.
The information was compiled and averaged for USAID
assisted countries in four regions.
The scale was based on whether a
country had prepared any of four types of national environmental
management strategies or whether it had participated in any of five
major international environmental treaties.
This scale does not
indicate the degree to which an environmental strategy has been carried
out or an international treaty was followed.
Averaging this scale
across regions serves only to give a general idea of political
commitment to environmental issues.
The strategies and treaties
National Environmental Action Plans
National Conservation Strategies
Country Environmental Profiles
Biological Diversity Profiles
Frequency of reporting on trade in endangered species
Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)
Framework Convention on Climate Change
Vienna Convention on the Protection of the Ozone Layer
Montreal Protocol for CFC Control
Law of the Sea
* Data are current through 1997 as per World Development Indicators
(Table 3.9) and other sources.
** For the sake of demonstrating a trend, a one percent per year
increase (two percent over two years) is given for 1999.