The Latin American Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (LAERE) is an international scientific association whose mission is:
- to foster collaboration and exchange of ideas across researchers, students and policymakers working on environmental and resource economics topics in Latin America;
- to contribute to the design and implementation of science-based policies aimed at improving the management of natural resources and the achievement of sustainable development in the region; and,
- to develop and encourage cooperation across universities, research institutions, government agencies, international organizations, NGOs, and private companies working in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics in Latin America.
LAERE was founded in 2017 by a group of Latin American researchers that, after more than 10 years of meeting each other in Environmental and Resource Economics conferences all over the world, became coauthors and friends. During the last twenty years, the number of researchers working on this field in the region has increased considerably. LAERE reaches out to this critical mass and follows the steps of previous efforts (namely ALEAR and LACEEP) to build a cohesive community of researchers and practitioners.
In June 2018, the legal seat of LAERE was established in Turrialba, Costa Rica. The Association and its statutes are governed by Costa Rican law.
Currently, LAERE has members all over Latin America as well as in Europe and the USA. Membership is open to individuals who by their profession, training and/or work are involved in Environmental and Resource Economics as a science with a focus on Latin American issues.
In the near future, LAERE will join efforts with universities, research centers and other organizations in the region to offer advanced training to its members and the public in general. The edition of special issues in high profile international journals will also be sought and promoted by LAERE’s Board.