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.
LACEEP's research program focuses in general onapplied, policy relevant research.
LACEEP officially initiated activities in June 2005, but was publicly inaugurated at the 2nd Congress of the Latin American and Caribbean Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (Oaxaca, Mexico)in March 2005.
The program is aimed at junior researchers who are citizens of any country in LAC.
Applicants should have prior training in economics, preferably at the master level or higher, and should preferably be attached to an institution in the LAC region.
LACEEP is constantly building up a database of students, researchers and practitioners of environmental economics and related fields throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
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.
A key component of LACEEP’s activities is the series of biannual workshops in which invited applicants are able to present their proposals and research progress in front of a carefully selected panel of experts. Moreover, these experts are available throughout the workshop for informal discussions and advice. Workshops have also served to increase networking among Latin American Environmental Economists. This is a place where the participants share different environmental realities and discuss research ideas.
The third key component of LACEEP is a series of courses on selected topics of environmental economics. There are two types of courses, short courses that take place immediately after the workshop and longer courses held at CATIE.