We now know the importance of striking a balance between economic growth and the sustaining the health of planetary resources such as climate, forests and water. Achieving this balance rests on effective on the ground monitoring  of these natural resources.

But how to provide the manpower to effectively monitor these vast landscapes without huge financial input?  At a recent forum where speakers included no less than executives from the Rothschild Banking Group and CreditSuisse, it was repeatedly iterated that the most efficient way of monitoring the health of these natural resources and its importance in safeguarding our collective future is to grant legal property rights to the indigenous people who have managed these territories as a matter of course for generations1.