Building environmental economics research capacity in Southeast Asia
To build EE research capacity in the region, EEPSEA conducts three key activities that have proven successful:
- competitive individual research grants;
- in-country small research grants and training programs; and
- regional training courses in environmental and resource economics, such as its three-week Environmental and Resource Economics Training Course every two years.
EEPSEA encourages a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to research; develops training and teaching resources in the region; and strengthens the Southeast Asian (SEA) community of environmental economists by supporting national EE associations. Altogether, these initiatives furthered the growth of the field of EE in the region.
Increasing regional collaboration and knowledge sharing
In order to increase regional collaboration and knowledge sharing towards improving EE research capacity in the region, EEPSEA supports cross-country research projects and regional knowledge events (i.e., conferences, dialogues, seminars, forums), both of which provide a chance for researchers, policymakers, and natural resource managers from all over the region to interact and learn from each other’s experiences. EEPSEA’s five-day annual workshops are the focal point of the Program. They bring together all active researchers, including PhD thesis students and authors of new proposals, with resource persons and eminent speakers.
Promoting the relevance of environmental economics
The ultimate purpose of all EE research is for its results to inform environmental and natural resource management. Thus, EEPSEA actively promotes the relevance of EE in environmental management decision-making and policymaking through its publications, the efforts of its researchers, and its learning and knowledge events for government policymakers, natural resource managers and other users of EE research.