The RNC Alliance - restoring natural capital

Last updated September 2016 - see "What's New" below.

What is the restoration of natural capital (RNC)?

The restoration of natural capital (RNC) is any activity that invests in the replenishment of natural capital and thereby improves the flows of ecosystem (natural) goods and services, while enhancing the wellbeing of people. RNC activities restore natural ecosystems and rehabilitate arable land or other production systems in an ecologically sound manner. These activities are intended to enhance the physical, socio-economic, psychological, and cultural aspects of people's quality of life. RNC initiatives include programs to raise awareness of the value of natural capital in people’s daily lives.

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What is the RNC Alliance?
The RNC Alliance is an international network of individuals and not-for-profit, non-governmental organisations that offer locally appropriate solutions to resolve environmental and economic development problems simultaneously in under developed countries and industrial countries alike.

Research, demonstration, education and outreach are the basic activities of the Alliance.

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2016 - Whats-new?

There are a number of new articles under Articles in English - please have a read. Also please see....

Suzanne J. Milton & W. Richard J. Dean (2015) Repairing compound damage in arid ecosystems – challenges and controversies, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 70:2, 127-133, DOI: 10.1080/0035919X.2015.1046971 To link to this article:

View Natural History of Ecological Restoration blog here. See some great articles about recent ecological projects.

Published this year "Karooveld Ecology and Management", authors Karen J. Esler, Sue J. Milton, W. Richard J. Dean, please see:


2015 - What's new?

December 2015 - please see a number of new articles posted under Africa here and a new article Restoring forests: What constitutes success in the twenty-first century?

October 2015 - Governing a pioneer program on payment for watershed services: Stakeholder involvement, legal frameworks and early lessons from the Atlantic forest of Brazil
This paper describes the governance history of the most successful PES program in Brazil, which is based on tropical forest restoration in riparian buffers and soil conservation measures in pasturelands to improve watershed services affecting 10 million people.
Este artigo descreve a história de governança do mais bem sucedido programa de PSA no Brasil, o qual é baseado na restauração de florestas tropicais em áreas ripárias e medidas de conservação de solo em pastagens para melhorar serviços hidrológicos que afetam 10 milhões de pessoas.

The socioecological complexity of ecological restoration in Mexico - see also under articles in English.

Benefits of restoring ecosystem services in urban areas - see also under articles in English.

James Aronson has been doing a lot of travelling in Latin America in the past year, working with people already organized in national or international networks or else helping getting them going. Three new articles are now posted here about the happenings in Columbia, Chile, and Argentina. A fourth one from Mexico is now in press. See under Latin America.

James and Thibaud Aronson, and Edouard Le Floc’h, are working on a book on lost and regained tree canopies and ecological restoration and restoring natural capital in desert and dryland regions of the Earth. They were in Baja California, Mexico in March and in Jordan and Israel in April 2015. They have been writing and posting blogs, for the new Blogsite of the Missouri Botanical Garden, "Natural History of Ecological Restoration". There are also some wonderful photos. Here is the link.


See also "Newsletter Updates"


Click on the Promotional Items to the right to read abstracts for our books available from the not-for-profit environmental publisher Island Press, Amazon and others.

Also see the SER Restoration Reader which provides a summary of restoration books published by Island Press in co-operation with the Society of Ecological Restoration.

Here are a few highlights from previous years for your interest.


December 2014 - Welcome to new member Fundación Ecotonos

Read article here.


In September, 2014, James Aronson was appointed to a part-time position to help develop the restoration ecology program in the Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Missouri Botanical Garden. He will continue his work at the CEFE/CNRS in France and divide his time between the two institutions.


Check out details of Paddy Woodworth's new book "Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century" - published by the University of Chicago Press - see Newsletter update from Ireland 2013-2014.


2014 Exciting news under Newsletter Updates from Ireland - The Irish Forum on Natural Capital (IFNC) has launched.


Le Floc’h, E. & J. Aronson 2013. Les Arbres des Déserts. Enjeux et promesses. Actes Sud, Arles, France.

James Aronson and his long-time collaborator Edouard Le Floc'h have published a new book in French on trees of arid and semi-arid regions around the world, with emphasis on their importance in conservation, management and restoration of natural capital. The book is intended for a general audience and is richly illustrated and written in lively, accessible language. While a translation into English is not planned, a longer, more detailed, two-volume work on the same subject is under preparation for 2015.


Clewell, A.F. & Aronson, J. 2013. The SER Primer and Climate Change. Ecological Management and Restoration 14:182-186. See PDF under Articles in English.

Propagation guide for native trees of Panamá and the Neotrópical Region - see under Articles in English and Spanish.

Andre Clewell has been selected to be the recipient of Western Reserve Academy’s 2012 Morley Science Medal. The Committee was unanimous in its selection of Andy for this award based upon his outstanding and unique scientific achievements. Congratulations from all of us at the RNC Alliance.


SER Board
In July, 2011, James Aronson was elected by the members of SER for a four year term as a Representative-at-Large to the Society's Board of Directors. He has also been named as Head of SER's Science and Policy Committee. A task force has been set up, with Drs. James Hallett and James Aronson as Co-chairs, to revise and update the SER Primer, and the Guidelines - two of the most widely cited documents produced by SER.


Participation in SER Congress August 2011:
The research group and students that work on the project of restoration of Nueva Palestina in the selva Lacandona, participated in the 4th International Congress of Ecological Restoration held in the city of Mérida. The participation of the group included a trip pre-congress to the Lacandon rainforest in which was showcased the areas in the process of restoration and interaction with the local ethnic groups, the presentation of a symposium and a special meeting "The cinema as a medium to promote actions of ecological restoration from traditional ecological knowledge".

A large committee of Brazilian researchers and students also attended this conference. We note in particular the special session on “The Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact: linking biodiversity conservation and human well-being in a global hotspot”, presented by Brazilian researchers involved in this large-scale, restoration and RNC program with more than 180 members at present and the goal to restore 15 million ha of forest by 2050.


International Master’s degree program 2010
Student papers from the international master’s degree program, “Biodiversity in Tropical Areas and its Conservation" ( have been added in Spanish - see RNC Students 2010.


2010 - New Co-ordinators and project assistance for RNC South America
We welcome two new RNC Co-ordinators for the RNC Alliance in South America. Prof. Nikolay Aguirre Mendoza of the National University of Loja, Ecuador, has accepted the position of Regional Co-ordinator. Dr. Pedro H.S. Brancalion of Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil, has accepted the position as RNC Co-ordinator Brazil. New information and articles from these 2 centres are on and will be appearing on this website so keep watching.

We also welcomed Jesús Muñoz, who represents the Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid, and the National Research Network (CSIC) of Spain, will be assisting in the Latin American projects as well as running projects in Spain.


2007 - James Aronson receives SER International Award James was presented with a Communications Award by SER International, at their August 2007 conference. Read more.

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