The Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) was established in May 1993 to support training and research in environmental and resource economics. Its goal is to strengthen local capacity in the economic analysis of environmental problems so that researchers can provide sound advice to policymakers.
To do this, EEPSEA builds environmental economics (EE) research capacity, encourages regional collaboration, and promotes EE relevance in its ten member countries (i.e., Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam). It provides:
- research grants;
- increased access to useful knowledge and information through regionally-known resource persons and up-to-date literature;
- opportunities to attend relevant learning and knowledge events; and
- opportunities for publication.
EEPSEA was founded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in May 1993 with co-funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In November 2012, EEPSEA moved to WorldFish, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium. The Program now has two offices – one in the WorldFish headquarters in Penang, Malaysia and another in the WorldFish Philippine Country Office in Los Baños, Philippines.
EEPSEA’s structure consists of a Sponsors Group comprising its donors (now consisting of IDRC and Sida) and host organization, an Advisory Committee, and its secretariat.