WCS 3-Sentence Science
Rwanda’s Declining Ecosystem Services
January 16, 2020
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS’s Mediatrice Bana on the impact to ecosystems of forest conversion in Rwanda:
- Researchers documented a decline in ecosystem services (ES) in Rwanda over a 25-year period mostly due to conversion of forests to croplands, and were most pronounced from 1990 to 2000 and again from 2010 to 2015.
- The results quantify nationwide ES trends, their implications for key water‐dependent industries, and the importance of protected areas in safeguarding ES flows and potential supply in Rwanda.
- They also provide data that can be integrated with existing land, water, and economic accounts for Rwanda, as well as a baseline to inform development strategies that better link economic and environmental goals.
Study and Journal: “Towards ecosystem accounts for Rwanda: Tracking 25 years of change in flows and potential supply of ecosystem services” from People and Nature
WCS Co-Author(s): Mediatrice Bana, Sustainable Conservation Finance Manager, WCS Rwanda
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