WAVES Newsletter, Issue 45, July/August 2017: APM Edition
WAVES partners reconnected during the 7th Annual Partnership Meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda.
Dear Colleagues,

Over 70 representatives from WAVES country teams, donor agencies, and other natural capital accounting (NCA) partner institutions gathered in the Rwandan capital of Kigali in early June for the WAVES 7th Annual Partnership Meeting.  The meeting was the culmination of another year of intensive work by the partnership with its eight core countries - joined earlier this year by a ninth country, Zambia - to institutionalize the production and use of accounts in responding to policy needs and challenges.

Participants reported on progress made in linking NCA to policy, work on experimental ecosystem accounts, and road maps and exit strategies developed by the original WAVES countries. You can read more about these developments in our WAVES feature story, as well as our 2017 Annual ReportThe partnership meeting also received good coverage in the local media, and merited a feature story on the World Bank's website.

Following a successful transition to its second phase, known as WAVES+, the partnership aims to continue supporting countries in applying NCA toward their sustainable development objectives.
Discussions are still ongoing on how WAVES should move forward, and we look forward to sharing more information in the near future.

At the end of June, the WAVES team said goodbye and good luck to Program Manager Stig Johansson, who has led the partnership since 2015. Stig will be sorely missed, yet he will continue to engage in meaningful sustainable development work as Regional Director for Parks and Wildlife in his homeland of Finland. Senior Environmental Economist and long-time WAVES member Sofia Ahlroth is temporarily taking over the WAVES management role.

Have a wonderful summer and we will come back to you with the next edition of the newsletter in September.

Thanks, the WAVES team
News from the Annual Partnership Meeting

Data previously used to register land ownership is now being used to track changes in land use and provide information for development planning.

Around 70 representatives from eight WAVES countries, plus donors, UN agencies, academics, and experts, attended the two-day meeting in Kigali.

Rwanda's Ministry of Natural Resources announced that it will soon release the final results from studies on the contribution of natural resources to GDP.
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News from our Partners

UK Office for National Statistics releases Environmental Accounts for 2017
The environmental accounts consist of satellite accounts to the main UK National Accounts. They measure the contribution of the environment to the economy, the impact of economic activity on the environment, and society's response to environmental issues.

The James Hutton Institute announces fellowship in natural capital accounting
The three-year fellowship is funded by the Macaulay Development Trust and is intended to contribute to existing research on natural capital accounting. The position is based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Applications must be submitted by August 8, 2017.
WAVES Voices

"We've taken away a lot from these conversations. We've seen the importance of defining what we want from natural capital accounting, looking at evidence-based policy needs, and identifying the role of the private sector, without forgetting the importance of communications and timeliness of data. I think Zambia can do it."

Richard Lungu, Chief Natural Resources Management Officer with WAVES-Zambia, in his remarks at the 7th WAVES Annual Partnership Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, in June 2017.
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This n ewsletter  is published by the WAVES Communications Team. We welcome your submissions of news, events and publications at wavespartnership@worldbank.org