The Challenge

The symptoms of inadequate rural and environmental planning usually become apparent long after it is virtually impossible to remedy them. In the past, too often technical solutions were applied to mere symptoms, without considering how the various problems were interrelated.
 
Population growth, poverty, dwindling natural resources, soil degradation, desertification, lack of capital, rural exodus: in rural and regional environments, problems are multifaceted and interrelated. Individuals aren’t the only ones to suffer; these issues affect whole nations and their economies.
 
The downward spiral can only be stopped by creating a sustainable basis for natural resources and environmental management, and reducing poverty, only to mention the most urgent items on the agenda toward sustainable development.
 
Our mission is to rethink conventional approaches to rural and regional development.