Nations and communities are confined to specific territories. They are deemed to “own” the resources that are either on the land or beneath the land that is part of their territory.
Traditionally, these resources have been the source of the livelihood of the community or nation because land that is sterile or without natural resources cannot support a human community or nation.
It is evident, therefore that the land that forms part of the territory of a tribe or nation must be protected from external takeovers, and just as importantly, it must be protected from environmental degradation.
Without environmental protection the land that a community or nation occupies becomes unavailable for use by future generations. When communities or nations fail to husband their resources or steward their natural heritage, they become a threat to their own survival and to their neighbours.
Chapter 24: Societal Mastery