The Economy and Environment Partnership for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA Partnership) developed from the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA Program). The EEPSEA Program was founded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) with co-funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in May 1993. On November 2012, it was devolved to WorldFish, a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium. During its 23 years of operation, the EEPSEA Program supported training and research in environmental and resource economics with the goal of strengthening local capacity in the economic analysis of environmental issues so that researchers can provide sound advice to policymakers. Selected stories of the EEPSEA Program’s impacts are featured in the book “Creating greater synergy in the economic analysis of environmental issues: Our stories“.

This is the same tradition that the EEPSEA Partnership aims to uphold. Established in April 2015,the Partnership serves as a regional platform for transdisciplinary research to address global environmental challenges. It has grown into a network of Economy & Environment national organizations or institutes in several countries in the region.

The EEPSEA Partnership expands its predecessor’s work by conducting multidisciplinary research that give the environment its due value as well as by providing training courses on the use of economic tools and techniques in analyzing environmental issues.

VISION A regional platform for environmental economics and transdisciplinary research to address global environmental challenges.
MISSION To conserve and protect ecologically sensitive habitats by improving governance and management through effective transdisciplinary partnerships in research and capacity building to benefit current and future generations.
GOALS
  • Research: To conduct environmental economics and transdisciplinary research that address human-environment interface challenges in Southeast Asia.
  • Partnership: To engage researchers from different disciplines, decision makers and communities towards sustainable development in Southeast Asia.
  • Capacity building: To enhance the capacity of Southeast Asian researchers and decision makers to be effective partners in a transformation process.