• What is LACEEP?
  • Program Structure
  • The Secretariat
What is LACEEP?

LACEEP is the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program. Supported by the Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), LACEEP is a capacity building effort that provides research grants in environmental and resource economics to Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) researchers. It provides not only financial support, but also meetings, close advice and supervision by specifically appointed scientists, access to literature, publication outlets, and opportunities for comparative research.

To create capacity in the field of environmental economics among Latin American and Caribbean academic and non-academic (NGO's, public institutes, organizations of the civil society) research and policy-making institutions.

The ultimate goal is to improve the management of natural resources at all levels of the government, non-governmental organizations, and private firms, as well as to contribute to a better understanding of the causes and effects of environmental degradation.

LACEEP will use carefully selected, internationally recognized researchers and professors to raise and expand the skills of existing researchers, teachers and policy-makers in the region through a series of capacity-building short courses and in-depth supervision of research projects.

Small Grants Program for Research in Enviromental Economics

A small grants programs on topics relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean, by wich local researches in Universities, Ministries, NGO's, etc; will learn the art of applied scientific research.

Each researcher will work closely with a scientifically recognized tutor, in order to enrich the experience and increase the likelihood of a usefull paper, wich, in addition to bein potentially publishable, will have policy implication for the region. Policy relevance will be sine qua non for accepting a proposal.

The objective is to give at least 10 grantsof US$15 000 per year.


Program Structure

LACEEP's structure includes three bodies:

  • A Secretariat
  • An Advisory Committee
  • A Scientific Committee
The secretariat

The Secretariat is hosted by the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.

Advisory Comittee

The Advisory Committee has five members and is headed by the Program Director.Its main purpose is to advise and support the secretariat in decisions related to research and training needs in the region. Members sit as individuals; they do not represent their countries or institutions. The Committee does not approve research projects, so there is no conflict of interest in cases where a member's institution has submitted a proposal for funding. The secretariat is represented within the Advisory committee by the directors.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee has currently six members. Its purpose is to contribute, giving advice and mentoring, to the creation of research capacity in environmental economics in the region. The directors are also part of the scientific committee.


Jorge H. Maldonado, PhD Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Universidad de los Andes
Jorge is currently the director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) and an associate professor at the Department of Economics in Universidad de los Andes and currently is deputy director of LACEEP. His main interests are related with resource economics, especially fisheries, forestry and biodiversity, including topics related with common pool resources and strategies for sustainable management of resources involving local communities. He has also been involved in research related with microfinance, development economics and agricultural economics. He received his PhD in Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics from Ohio State University. His research has been published in American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environment and Development Economics, World Development, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Ecological Economics, among others. Jorge has been a consultant for Conservation International (CI), United Nations Development Programme (PNUD), Marine And Coastal Research Institute “José Benito Vives de Andreis” (INVEMAR), Inter American Development Bank (IADB), Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF), and BIOTRADE.
Francisco Alpizar, Ph.D., CATIE 
Francisco Alpizar is a research fellow and the coordinator of Environment for Development (EfD) for Central America, as well as the program deputy director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (www.laceep.org) at CATIE. His fields of specialization include environmental policymaking and economic valuation of the environment. He has also worked on experimental economics applied to policy design. Recently, his work has focused on sustainable management and funding of protected areas, including both entrance fees and donations, as well as the interaction of communities and economies that interact with a given conservation effort. He has also been involved in the design of Coasian schemes to include negative and positive externalities of watershed management for the provision of ecosystem services. Alpizar has been a consultant to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), among others. He has been invited as a lecturer to universities in Sweden, the United States, Costa Rica and Colombia.
Juan Robalino, Ph.D., CATIE
Juan Robalino is a research fellow for EfD-CA. His fields of specialization are environmental economics, applied microeconomics and development economics. His current research deals with spatial econometrics and policy evaluation. More specifically, he looks at the causal and spatial effects of endogenous development and environmental policies in Brazil and Costa Rica. Robalino has been a consultant for the World Bank. World Trade Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in May 2005 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Earth Institute. His dissertation, entitled "Essays on Environmental Economics and Development Economics," deals with deforestation, income distribution and land policies. His research has been published in Environment and Development Economics, BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Journal of Regional Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Conservation Biology.