Coastal Governance Index 2015


The Economist Intelligence Unit

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The Economist Intelligence Unit. 2015. "Coastal Governance Index 2015."


The Coastal Governance Index is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, commissioned by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and California Environmental Associates. The quantitative index underlying this report measures the extent of government regulation and management across 20 key ocean economies to assess the state of play in the environment for effective coastal governance. It is based on wide-ranging desk research and comprised of 24 indicators and 43 sub-indicators across six thematic categories: policy and institutional capacity; business environment for coastal activities; water quality; minerals and energy; land; and living resources. The categories, and the individual criteria within them, are weighted according to neutral weights reflecting our assumption that countries should do well across all criteria in order to have the foundation for successful coastal governance. The first assessment was conducted in 2015; a second assessment was produced in 2019.

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