Coastal Governance Index 2019


The Economist Intelligence Unit

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The Economist Intelligence Unit. “Coastal Governance Index 2019,” 2019.


In this report, we discuss the findings of the 2019 Coastal Governance Index. This includes real-world examples to highlight cases where countries have made improvements since the first Coastal Governance Index was developed in 2015 and instances where more progress is needed. Specifically, we highlight best practices and areas for improvement across two “fundamental” categories (Policy and institutional capacity and Business environment for coastal activities) and four “asset” categories (Water quality; Minerals, energy and shipping; Land; and Living resources). We also note recent attempts to gut environmental regulations, particularly in the US and Brazil, and we explain what this means for the coastlines of the countries concerned.

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