How can we measure biodiversity? Charts, maps, and tables can give a bigger picture of the state of the world's species and habitat. As you can see below, how well a country scores on international indices of biodiversity, such as the Ecosystem Vitality Index, is not necessarily dependent on its economic status. Making biodiversity and climate change a priority are important for many countries that would not be considered wealthy in terms of finances. It is difficult to see a pattern between country progress on keeping or increasing habitat areas and the amount of forest that has been lost in the same country.
Data source: Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy - YCELP - Yale University, Center for International Earth Science Information Network - CIESIN - Columbia University, and World Economic Forum - WEF. (2018). 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI). NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). https://doi.org/10.7927/H4X928CF.