One of the priorities at the EfD-CA Center is educational support at different levels. In particular, our objective is to increase the local capacity of people at academic and non-academic organizations (NGO’s, public institutes, and civil society organizations) to conduct, critically evaluate, and interpret research on environmental and natural resource economics and policy.
Our support for education is built on three pillars: i) strengthening the quality and reach of CATIE´s MSc Program in Economics, Development, and Climate Change (EDCC), ii) education of people from non-academic organizations, and iii) mentoring of bright young researchers.
The educational support to academic institutions is mainly conducted by the different courses taught at CATIE by EfD-CA scholars as well as the tutoring of students on their dissertations. EfD-CA strongly supports the MSc Program in Economics, Development, and Climate Change by offering high quality courses updated with recent research results and methodologies. Complementary to this objective, the supervision of MSc and PhD students will continue to be a priority, especially because some of the students become critical in developing many of our research projects.
In relation to education of people from non-academic organizations, our main contribution will be offering capacity-building courses adapted to the target audience and updated with the most recent findings in policy design and evaluation in the region. In the last two years of operations at EfD-CA, we have trained more than 50 people from all over Latin America in environmental economics and policy issues. The participants in these courses have included government policy makers at different levels, technical staff of NGO´s, and local leaders, among others. The presentation of EfD-CA research agenda and results has been very useful as a didactic tool as well as a mechanism to disseminate our work.
EfD-CA researchers work in close collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP). This is a capacity building effort that provides research grants in environmental and resource economics to Latin American and Caribbean researchers. In addition to providing financial support, it facilitates meetings, close advice and supervision by specifically appointed scientists, access to literature, publication outlets, and opportunities for comparative research.
The Research Program in Economics and Environment for Development (IDEA), in association with two other research groups at CATIE, is responsible for the Master of Science in Economics, Development, and Climate Change.
This masters program is specially designed to offer a unique and comprehensive training in a field of increasing demand for professionals with interdisciplinary academic formation. It aims to prepare our students with the necessary scientific and technical tools for critical analysis of the different relationships between the economy, development and climate change.
Our students come from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. One of the most appealing characteristics of this program is the strong interconnection between students and researchers working in projects and programs at CATIE, and the permanent feedback from those programs into the academic curriculum.
•1996 – 2000 the Environmental Economy Master. The first promotion was in 1997. TOTAL of 42 graduates.
•In 2000 – 2012 the Environmental Socioeconomics Master. The first promotion was in 2001. TOTAL of 115 graduates.
•In 2013 – we started the Economics, Development and Climate Change Master. First promotion 2014. TOTAL - 11 graduates.
Many students have been successful in securing financial support from sources outside of CATIE. We encourage current and prospective students to continue with this practice. CATIE offers a Scholarship Loan program to help students achieve their academic goals. This program facilitates a loan to complement financing academic costs during the two years of study in CATIE.
Additionally, funding support may be offered for second year students that are part of the EDCC program to cover the costs of thesis fieldwork when the theses proposal is linked to IDEA's research projects.
Post graduate courses related to Environmental Economics
- Curso Bases economicas para la gestión y valoracion de servicios ambientales (International course: Economic basis for the management and valuation of ecosystem services)
- Curso Internacional Agua y Economía (International course: Water and Economy)