Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE)
The Environmental Economics Policy Forum for Ethiopia (EEPFE) is the Ethiopian node in the EfD network. The Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI) is hosting EEPFE as one of its projects to work on Environment and related issues. EDRI provides financial and administration support services to EEPFE. The forum was founded in 2003. Its goal is to support poverty alleviation and sustainable development through increased use of environmental economics in policy making processes. More specifically, the forum has the following objectives:
1) Increase the number of trained environmental economists by creating a conducive working environment for environmental economics PhD graduates and providing research grants for local MSc environmental economics students;
2) Strengthen the capacity of environmental economics graduates to do applied research on poverty and environmental management by linking research fellows with international research organizations and enabling them to participate in international and national conferences;
3) Undertake objective research and analysis on impact assessment, environmental management, and poverty with the goal of providing advice to policy makers and development agencies;
4) Collect and analyze data on sustainable land use with the objective of disseminating results to a wide range of stakeholders through workshops, conferences, internal seminars, distribution of research publications, and policy briefs;
5) Increase the knowledge of civil servants and other stakeholders on environmental and development issues with the objective of increasing awareness of the link between environmental management and poverty alleviation.
To be the leading center for environmental economics policy research and a focal point for interactions among researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and civil society interested in policy oriented environmental research in Ethiopia.
To provide quality policy advice to the government and other stakeholders based on objective research and to engage in capacity building to reduce poverty and contribute to sustainability.