SNAPP TEAM:Rwanda Natural Capital Accounting
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How can natural capital be integrated into Rwanda’s national economic accounts to help reduce poverty to under 30% and sustain 11.5% annual economic growth by 2020?

The United Nations, World Bank and other research institutes and non-profits are calling for improving our current measure of national wealth (gross domestic product, GDP) in ways that incorporate equity and nature conservation. Rwanda is one of the World Bank’s pilot countries for “natural capital accounting,” determining the value of non-market services. This group’s work will directly support Rwanda’s development planning process through various economic development programs such as Vision 2020, Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS), Crop Intensification Program, and Green Growth Strategy among others.

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Team Critical Challenge

Increasing national park fees for high-income foreign tourists can bolster the national economy, improve conservation and aid continued peace-building.

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Natural capital accounting integration critical for sustainable economic growth
(Forest Policy and Economics)
Peer-reviewed paper
Rwanda looks to national parks as part of a peaceful, hopeful future
(Cool Green Science)
The sensitivity of ecosystem service models to choices of input data and spatial resolution
(Applied Geography)
Peer-reviewed paper
Valuing visitor fees and access in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda
(Tourism Management)
Peer-reviewed paper
Team Leaders
Janaki Alavalapati
Auburn University
Team Members
Claudine Uwera
University of Rwanda
Dennis Odion
University of California, Santa Barbara
Emmanuel Nkurunziza
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
Eron Bloomgarden
Encourage Capital
Fred Boltz
Rockefeller Foundation
Glenn-Marie Lange
The World Bank
Godfrey Kabera
Rwanda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
Innocent Kabenga
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Rwanda Program
Jane "Carter" Ingram
Ernst and Young
Jensen Montambault
The Nature Conservancy; University of Queensland
Ken Bagstad
The World Bank; US Geological Survey (USGS)
Marie-Laetitia Busokeye
Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Mediatrice Bana
Wildlife Conservation Society
Michael Masozera
Wildlife Conservation Society
Onil Banerjee
Inter-American Development Bank
Pankaj Lal
Montclair State University
Rodrigue Mugabo
Wildlife Conservation Society
Sofia Ahlroth
The World Bank
Stephen Polasky
University of Minnesota
Thomas Ochuodho
University of Kentucky