President’s Letter

Greetings from the President


Dear friends and colleagues,


Thank you for your kindness in sparing your time to read this letter. First, I would like to thank Dr. Pham Khanh Nam and all members of Local Organizing Committee—all of whom are also faculty members at the School of Economics, University of Ho Chi Minh City (UEH University) and leaders of the Economy and Environment Partnership for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA)—for  successfully organizing our 11th Congress of the Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (AAERE) on 19-20 August 2022 in the UEH University campus B, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Second, my appreciation goes to Professor Su Dinh Thanh, the president of the UEH University, for his generous supports in providing the hospitality and the excellent facilities at the UEH University during the event of our Congress. Third, I sincerely appreciate the contributions of Dr. Soocheol Lee and Dr. Orapan Nabangchang Srisawalak in leading both the Scientific and Program Committees of the Congress, and Dr. Ken-ichi Akao in administrating matters related to the Association during the Congress. I appreciate Dr. Mani Nepal of the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) for encouraging SANDEE colleagues to participate in our congress. Also, I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of you who have supported and participated in our Congress. 


Our Congress in Ho Chi Minh City was a successful one. Many papers presented by academics from various Asian countries and the rest of the world in the Congress were all strong quality papers initiating sharp discussions on many environmental topics relevant to Asia, particularly on the strategies to achieve carbon neutrality. I should admit that our Congress has maintained the excellence of our Association in the East Asia region and has managed to enhance our knowledge of resource and environmental economics. Our Congress has strengthened our networks, friendships, and memberships throughout Asia. Observing papers presented in our Congress, I am also convinced that our members have produced sound and relevant academic works that are useful for providing advice to policymakers to enhance the sustainable development agenda in our region. More importantly, it was a very nice for me to be able to meet many of you in-person in Ho Chi Minh after being unable to see you in-person for the last two years due to the pandemic. And of course, I also feel happy to be able to meet some of you through on-line facilities during the Congress.


Next year we will conduct our 12th Congress of the Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, which will be held on 29 and 30 August 2023 at the Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. We happily support our Japanese academic friends who 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 an invaluable opportunity to meet our friends and to expand our research networks throughout Asia and the world. 


While preparing our Congress, we are—in a partnership with the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)—also preparing to organise the World Congress on Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE). The last WCERE in which we also jointly organised took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 25-29 June 2018. The upcoming WCERE was not planned to be held no earlier than 2026, which is still a long way to go. It, therefore, provides opportunities for us to prepare more solid papers for the next World Congress. 


Last but not the least, 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.


Sincerely yours,

Budy P. Resosudarmo

President, AAERE

AAERE-president

Budy P. Resosudarmo
President, AAERE