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Prospects for establishing environmental satellite accounts in a developing country: The case of Rwanda

Journal article
Authors J. Stage
Claudine Uwera
Published in Journal of Cleaner Production
Volume 200
Pages 219-230
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 219-230
Language en
Keywords Environmental accounting, Natural capital accounting, Rwanda, System of environmental-economic, systems-analysis, water, perspective, management, intensity, valuation, namibia, tools, china, Science & Technology - Other Topics, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, & Ecology
Subject categories Economics


In this paper, we discuss the beginning of Rwanda's current work on natural capital accounts. Many developing countries began similar work on environmental satellite accounts in the 1990s and early 2000s, only to abandon them a few years later when the initial political interest waned. The question arises, therefore, as to whether renewed interest in these accounts has the potential to have a longer lasting impact on national accounting practices. In Rwanda's case, the decision was to begin satellite accounting work by focusing on resources where key economic trade-offs between different uses had already begun to be identified by policymakers, and where the gathering of economic statistics had already been improved as a result. It seems likely that this approach could lead to more durable satellite accounts, and that a similar approach would be feasible in many other countries.

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