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At a glance

Initiative goal

SANDEE brings together researchers and decision-makers from South Asia to address development-environment challenges. SANDEE's mission is to strengthen the ability of researchers to undertake multi-disciplinary research on the economics of environmental and natural resource problems.

Regional Programme

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Economics and the environment

Developing empirical evidence

SANDEE’s current research focuses on the economics of natural resource use and environmental change including ecosystems management, the economics of climate change, and policies and programmes for greener development. It aims to develop empirical evidence on underlying economic and institutional issues in order to inform policy and improve environmental management.

Understanding the economics of environmental change and development is key to unlocking a sustainable future in South Asia. South Asia is going through a period of rapid economic growth, which is expected to relieve the burden of poverty.

However, questions remain about whether this growth is ecologically viable and whether the gains from growth will endure. SANDEE operates under the principle that greener growth and sustainable development are necessary in South Asia and are possible with the implementation of evidence-based solutions.

Aim

SANDEE’s aim is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions in South Asia to undertake research on the interlinkages among economic development, poverty, and environmental change and to disseminate practical information that can be applied to development policies.

Outcomes

SANDEE manages two annual research grant cycles to support researchers in South Asia in answering pressing questions related to climate change and other challenges at the intersection of economic development and environmental change.

Geo coverage

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Financial partners

SANDEE has core financial partners and implementing partners which are listed below:

Core financial partners

  • The International Development Research Centre, IDRC, Canada
  • The Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency, SIDA, Sweden
  • ICIMOD Regional Member Countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan)

Implementing partners

  • Individuals associated with various universities, governments, research institutions, and NGOs across South Asia.

CALL FOR RESEARCH CONCEPT NOTES

Economics of natural resource use and environmental change

SANDEE invites concept notes for research projects on environmental and resource economics relating to development in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalaya. Applications will be considered for the winter 2020 grant cycle. Deadline: 15 June 2020

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Our involvement

Research Grants

SANDEE research grants

SANDEE provides research support to South Asian researchers and institutions interested in the inter-connection among development, natural resource use and the environment. Research grants are provided for conducting research on topics related to economics and the environment in South Asian countries.

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Cities and climate change research

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News and features

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Media coverage

We collaborate with partner agencies across the HKH to foster regional cooperation, synchronize data sources, share innovative solutions, and direct global attention to the region. Learn more about our work and their impacts.

Education and training

SANDEE organizes a variety of training courses and workshops. The objective of these training courses and workshops is to strengthen the capacity of South Asian professionals and institutions to teach environmental and resource economics and to conduct policy oriented research in this field.

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Outreach

SANDEE's outreach happens through a variety of activities. Written dissemination is through peer reviewed publications and working papers and reports. Policy dissemination and dialogue occurs through committee membership, discussions at policy meetings and through the popular press. Dissemination also occurs through teaching at universities and training workshops.

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Publications

Click here for access to all SANDEE publications including working papers, policy briefs, bibliographies, newsletters, and annual report.

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Resources

Click here for access to SANDEE resources (such as data and questionnaires) as well as links to outside sites that may useful for academics and researchers interested in teaching environmental and resource economics and conducting research in this field.

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For mountains and people

Agriculture

Influencing policies

Influencing policies in the regional member countries of the HKH region has been a continuous process for ICIMOD.

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Scaling up & out

ICIMOD recognizes the multi-dimensional aspects of scaling up (vertical expansion) and scaling out (horizontal expansion) of innovations, programme ideas and solutions.

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