Recognizing that economies are embedded in and dependent upon the ecosphere, and that economic activities are the most evident and pervasive aspect of that dependence, the mandate of CANSEE/SCANÉÉ is to develop and promote understanding of the nature and implications of this dependence through research, education, policy analysis, communication, and other means. The purposes of CANSEE/SCANÉÉ are inter alia to:
1. foster transdisciplinary discourse among the social and natural sciences;
2. provide a Canadian node for activities in ecological economics;
3. research and disseminate information on policies for sustainability globally, nationally, and locally; and
4. promote education, graduate research and research funding in ecological economics.