Dear friends and colleagues,
Thank you for your kindness spending some of your time reading this letter. In this letter, first I would like to thank the AAERE Directors for their decision to elect me as the 7th President of the Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (AAERE) for the period of August 2021 – July 2023. I feel honoured receiving this trust and feel excited to do my best for the Association.
I would like to thank Professor Jong Ho Hong, our immediate President, for leading our Association through a very challenging period during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made conducting our usual academic activities difficult. Thanks to his persistent and hard work, we were able to organise our 10th Congress on 20-21 July 2021. I also appreciate Professor Oh Sang Kwon for chairing the Local Organising Committee during this congress. Many quality papers were presented, and it was a nice feeling be able to discuss those papers and to see many young academics participating. I am confident that these young academics will further develop the science of resource and environmental economics in our region and strengthen our Association. I thank those who have participated in our 10th Congress.
My appreciation also goes to our former Presidents and Directors who have been contributing to the development our Association: from initially focused on East Asia region to broaden our coverage over the whole of Asia. We have also been collaborating as a partner with the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) to organize the last World Congress on Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) in 2018.
In the next two years, during my presidency, I do hope we can continue to conduct our association activities; strengthening and expanding them. We should be able to maintain the excellence of our Association in the East Asia region while further enhancing our knowledge of resource and environmental economics. We continue to expand our memberships throughout Asia, in particular Southeast and South Asia regions. We should ensure the relevance of resource and environmental economics; in the short- and medium-term, to provide sound academic works and policy advice to enhance the sustainable development agenda in our region. I would like to encourage that we achieve these goals by strengthening collaborations among us and with quality academics from other regions in the world, as well as to further develop our journal, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies. These activities, in my opinion, are the key to be able to enhance our knowledge of environmental and resource economics and to broaden the coverage of our Association.
Next year we will conduct our 11th Congress of the Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics Our Southeast Asian academic friends are working to prepare this Congress. I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible at this event: please prepare your papers, encourage your younger academics to participate, and invite your academic friends throughout the world to take part. Let us use this congress as a place to meet our friends and to expand our research networks throughout Asia and the world.
Finally, if any of you need more information on our Association and its activity, please do not hesitate to contact me.
See you in our upcoming Congress.
Budy P. Resosudarmo