SEI is an independent international research institute. It has been engaged in environment and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels for more than 25 years.

SEI was formally established in 1989 by the Swedish Government and celebrated its 25th anniversary in October 2014. Its goal is to bring about change for sustainable development by bridging science and policy. It does this by providing integrated analysis that supports decision-makers. The institute has built a reputation for rigorous and objective scientific analysis in the field of environment and development.

With support from the Government of Sweden, SEI funds events focused on environmentally sustainable development, gender equality, and poverty reduction. The Regional Asia Environment Conference Support Programme funded by Sweden aims to promote informed dialogue where different groups and stakeholders can share knowledge in regional forums and other strategic events with the goal of helping to shape public policy to advance environmentally sustainable development.

The programme is an initiative under the Sida-SEI Strategic Fund managed by SEI’s Asia Centre.