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APEX: Ecological Economics and International Finance

Tides Center

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Reform of International Finance and Trade
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2004–March 31, 2006
  • Location San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

The Asia Pacific Environmental Exchange (APEX), a project of the Tides Center, works to strengthen the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developed and developing countries to understand and apply principles of ecological economics to reform international finance and trade institutions and encourage sustainable economic policies.Multiyear funding will enable APEX to pursue objectives that include strengthening the effectiveness of NGOs working for international financial institution reform; increasing the effectiveness of NGOs working for trade reform at the World Trade Organization and in regional trade negotiations; and building public support for international financial institution and trade reform.Recent accomplishments included receiving recognition from the world’s leading ecological economists of the importance of APEX’s contributions to the field; conducting an economic analysis of international financial institution lending for shrimp aquaculture and holding a 12-day workshop in the Philippines; making numerous presentations to expand the awareness of decisionmakers on the environmental impacts of trade, investment and current development models; and promoting key environmental policy reform measures at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.