The RNC Alliance is an international network of individuals, non-profit and non-governmental organizations that offer locally appropriate, globally recognized solutions to resolve environmental and economic development problems simultaneously in developing and industrialized countries alike.
The RNC Alliance recognizes that the natural environment is fundamental in sustaining economies, yet it has undergone severe degradation from inappropriate development or use, worldwide. Only by restoring natural ecosystems and rehabilitating production systems, from a combined ecological and economic perspective, can this degradation be reversed. This implies working on a landscape scale and in close collaboration with local people. The underlying commitment of all centers of the RNC Alliance can be summarized in one line:
Economics in which nature matters and ecology in which people matter.
Six regional centers are being established in Africa, Madagascar, South Asia, Latin America, Mediterranean region-Middle East and the Pacific. To manage meetings, fundraising, and other collaborative efforts among the regional centers, a coordination center for the RNC Alliance has been established at the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), USA.
The regional centers work with existing organizations representing all sectors — public and private — to build capacity and add value to their missions. The regional centers provide strategic planning, applied research, specialized training, networking, and public outreach. They establish and run prototype projects for hands-on participation and training courses as well as research and demonstration. These projects are strategically located in rural areas of high interest for biodiversity conservation. They are established to stimulate interest in, and develop expertise for, innovative approaches to sustainable economic development. Students and trainees from all over the world are encouraged to participate. Funding received and generated by the Alliance is used for projects, scholarships, workshops, and communication with all people in our global society.