Morocco is still very behind in the field of the environment according to the latest global index of environmental performance for the year 2022.
The 2022 Environmental Performance Index provides a data-driven summary of the state of sustainability around the world, drawing on 40 performance indicators in 11 categories. The index thus measures the performance of climate change, environmental health and the vitality of ecosystems. These indicators provide a nation-wide measure of how close countries are to specific environmental policy goals.
Out of 180 countries, Morocco ranked 160th in the global environmental performance index for the year 2022, with a very low rate of 28.4 percent, which means that the Kingdom, despite all the efforts made, is not close to achieving the objectives of environmental policies.
Similarly, the Kingdom ranks 164th in the ecosystem vitality indicator, 123rd in health and environment and 135th in climate policies, with a score of 28.4 out of 100 in most categories.
At the level of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Kingdom has not been able to gain an advanced place. It ranked 14th out of 17 countries included in the index, while the United Arab Emirates is 39th globally, followed by Djibouti, Jordan, Comoros and Kuwait.
Globally, Denmark ranked first in the Global Environmental Performance Index, followed by the UK, Finland, Malta, Sweden, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Australia, Switzerland and Iceland.
The index aims to provide a scorecard that highlights leaders and laggards in environmental performance and gives practical guidance to countries aspiring to move towards a sustainable future. Its indicators provide a way to uncover problems, set targets, track trends, understand results and identify policy best practices.
Good data and evidence-based analysis can also help government officials improve their policy agendas, facilitate communications with key stakeholders, and maximize environmental return on investment.
This index comes at a time when Morocco has moved up 16 places in the ecosystem index ” Blink Startup for the year 2022, rising from 95th place worldwide in 2021 to 79th place worldwide out of a total of 100 countries.