As part of the Environmental Capacity Building Programme (EMCaB) implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, a baseline survey on the status of Teaching and Research in Environmental Economics in India was done in 1999. This baseline survey included the names of institutions, specialists, courses offered at undergraduate and post graduate levels, M.Phil. and Ph.D. dissertations, research projects undertaken/completed and publications in environmental economics.
ENVIS Centre on Environmental Economics, Madras School of Economics proposed a Resurvey to determine the current status of environmental economics in the various institutions of India. One of the aims of the Resurvey is to assess the benefits of the EMCaB programme. Hence the survey includes questions on the above aspects and for the period of seven years from 2000-01 to 2006-07.
The baseline survey of 1999 provided the information of 92 institutes of India dealing with environmental economics whereas the present resurvey report highlights the increase in the number of institutes to 121. The increase is probably due to improved awareness about environmental issues and recognition of economic analysis in managing environmental problems. The Resurvey also reports that several IITís and IIMís are now offering a module on environmental economics in the compulsory environment related course in the undergraduate and postgraduate level of engineering.
The Resurvey further highlights the significant increase in both number of projects and the number of publications in national and international journals. While all this may not be attributable to the EMCaB programme, the influence this programme had through creation of library resources and networks can not be undermined.