Iceland comes out on top in the first Environment and Gender Index (EGI), presented yesterday at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.Lake Mývatn. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
The index covers 72 countries. The Netherlands is in second place and Norway is in third while DRC is in last place. The index considers factors such as rates of anemia, access to agricultural land and women in policymaking positions.
“It was one of the few OECD countries that connected gender and climate change mitigation,” EGI’s manager Rebecca Pearl-Martinez told womensenews.org. “Iceland is forward thinking on this. Their lower performance was in women in COP delegations,” she added, referring to the national delegations sent annually to negotiate the international climate change convention UNFCCC. The International Union for Conservation of Nature is behind the index.