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Environmental Conventions Index

The Environmental Conventions Index was a flagship project of the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston. We launched it in response to the absence of a systematic assessment of whether countries are meeting their obligations under the major environmental conventions. In April 2015, Maria Ivanova was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to advance this work. The Federal Office for the Environment of Switzerland and the UN Environment Programme have also supported this research, which continues. 








The Environmental Conventions Index is a research and outreach effort to assess the implementation of global environmental conventions. The Initiative comprises two major analytical and outreach strands:

  • Data Analysis: we establish protocols to evaluate the level of compliance, implementation, and effectiveness of global environmental conventions.

  • Policy Space: we collaborate with officials from the convention secretariats and national governments as well as environmental governance experts to develop the data analysis framework and evaluate the policy application processes.



















More information: Escobar-Pemberthy, Natalia; Maria Ivanova (2020). "Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Rationale and Design of the Environmental Conventions Index." Sustainability 12, no. 17: 7098. DOI:10.3390/su12177098

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