The state of environmental economics in developing countries is very different today from its beginnings in the early 1990s. The subject is widely taught in universities, and researchers from the South make significant contributions to the scientific literature. These contributions are noticed, as shown by the high profile of SANDEE's researchers in Environment and Development Economics and the attention EEPSEA's work has received in local and international media.
The profession has also shown that it has much to contribute to decision-making about environmental protection. Above all, it provides a way of thinking about environmental problems, identifying their underlying causes and applying economic principles to design effective solutions.