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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Project Description

Most national accounting systems of a country’s economic output fail to account for the role of natural capital or ecosystem services in underpinning that country’s growth. Rwanda is a “Core Implementing Country” of the World Bank’s Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Global Partnership. Support from SNAPP will provide a model of critical resources for ensuring collaboration and synergies across the different groups who are working on these efforts including research institutions, NGOs, Government of Rwanda, and the World Bank. Within Rwanda, the results will contribute to several important initiatives including the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy; Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan; Poverty and Environment Initiative – all aimed at integrating environment into national policy and planning, and budget processes. This working group will integrate natural capital into the national goals for economic growth of Rwanda. Specifically, the work will focus on non-market ecosystem services (for example, drinking water supplies or nutrient cycling provided by wetlands) from two priority landscapes in Rwanda - the Rugezi wetland and the Nyungwe National Park. In addition to valuing natural capital, this working group will explore economy-wide tradeoffs associated with alternative natural resource management and policy options to support landscape-level conservation and development planning. The results from the working group will directly support Rwanda’s development planning and will serve as a model for other countries seeking to integrate natural capital (i.e., environmental protection and environmental values) into its goals for economic development. Beyond Rwanda, the results will give impetus to efforts by global initiatives like the WAVES, and the UN Green Economy, and provide a pathway for other governments committed to natural capital accounting.
Working Group Participants

Principal Investigator(s)

Janaki R. Alavalapati, Glenn-Marie Lange, Michel Masozera

Project Dates

Start: February 16, 2015

End: January 15, 2017



Sofia Ahlroth
World Bank
Janaki R. Alavalapati
Auburn University
Kenneth Bagstad
US Geological Survey (USGS)
Mediatrice Bana
Wildlife Conservation Society Rwanda
Onil Banerjee
Inter-American Development Bank
Eron Bloomgarden
EKO Asset Management Partners
Fred Boltz
Rockefeller Foundation
Marie Laetitia Busokeye
Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Martin Cicowiez
Hans A. Freiherr
LeeAnne French
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jacob Hodari
Republic of Rwanda, Ministry of Environment
Jane Carter Ingram
Wildlife Conservation Society
Vincent de Paul Kabalisa
Rwanda Natural Resources Authority
Innocent Kabenga
Ministry of Natural Resources
Godfrey Kabera
Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning
Desire Kagabo
Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR)
Samuel Kanyamibwa
Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) Network
Charles Karangwa
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Peter Katanisa
Ministry of Natural Resources
Pankaj Lal
Montclair State University
Glenn-Marie Lange
World Bank
Theobald Mashinga
Embassy of Sweden
Anna Masozera
International Gorilla Conservation Programme
Michel Masozera
Wildlife Conservation Society Rwanda
Jensen Montambault
The Nature Conservancy
Antoine Mudakikwa
Rwanda Development Board
Rodrigue Mugabo
Wildlife Conservation Society, Rwanda
Athanase Mukuralinda
World Agroforestry Centre
Alex Mulisa
Rwanda's Green Fund (FONERWA)
Yusuf Murangwa
National institute of Statistics Rwanda
Amini Mutaganda
Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority
Eugene Mutaganda
Rwanda Development Board
Leon Nabahungu
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Prime Ngabonziza
Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority
Grace Nishimwe
Rwanda Natural Resources Authority
Richard Niyomugabo
Emmanuel Nkurunziza
Rwanda National Resources Authority
Tuyishime N.M
Ministry of Natural Resources
Janvier Ntalindwa
United Nations Development Programme
Thomas Ochuodho
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Stephen Polasky
University of Minnesota
Denis Rugege
United Nations Development Programme
Coletha Ruhamya
Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Claudine Uwera
University of Rwanda


  1. Presentations / 2016

    TNC board meeting presentation

  2. Journal Article / 2018

    The sensitivity of ecosystem service models to choices of input data and spatial resolution

  3. Journal Article / 2019

    Towards ecosystem accounts for Rwanda: Tracking 25 years of change in flows and potential supply of ecosystem services

  4. Report or White Paper / 2017

    Financing the sustainable management of Rwanda's protected areas

  5. Journal Article / 2018

    Financing the sustainable management of Rwanda's protected areas

  6. Journal Article / 2020

    Economic, land use, and ecosystem services impacts of Rwanda's Green Growth Strategy: An application of the IEEM+ESM platform

  7. Journal Article / 2017

    Valuing visitor services and access to protected areas: The case of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda

  8. Journal Article / 2016

    Integrating natural capital into system of national accounts for policy analysis: An application of a computable general equilibrium model

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