Janaki Alavalapati

Non Forest Service

Photo of Janaki Alavalapati with the ocean behind him.

My favorite science experience was a survey we did to explore factors influencing the degradation of Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda. One individual’s response was, “I make more money by working in a tea estate; why would I go into Nyungwe Forest to do something that gives less money and has more risk?” The response is very insightful; it suggests that alternate income opportunities will help conserve tropical forests.


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