The Environmental Economics programme of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development was in 2001 converted to a centre in 2001 and is now known as the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) located within the Department of Agricultural economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria.

The mission of CEEPA is to enhance the capacity of African researchers to conduct environmental economics and policy inquiry of relevance to African problems and increase the awareness of environmental and economic managers and policy makers of the role of environmental economics in sustainable development.

CEEPA strives to achieve and provide:

Quality degree and non-degree training in environmental economics and policy; Excellence in research in the field of environmental economics and policy; Increased awareness among practitioner managers, planners and policy makers in public and private sectors of the role of environmental economics in optimal and sustainable exploitation and development of environmental resources; and Increased collaboration and exchange of experiences for cross-fertilisation, augmentation of capacity and reduced professional isolation of peer academics in participating regional universities.

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