CES has shaped a role for itself in certain areas of research and expertise and work at the CES has been aimed at influencing policy and strengthening the institutional support required for better management of natural resources. In addition to carrying out research projects that are local, national, and interČnational in scale, the center actively contributes to local thinking and provides intellectual input on sustainable development issues through representation in government committees, and participation in seminars on local issues, training programmes, and workshops.