“Natural Savings: How to Save Forests with Savings for and by the Poor?”
“Natural Savings: A New Microsavings Product for Inflationary Environments. How to Save Forests with Savings for and by the Poor?” Co-authored by Bernard Lietaer and Marek Hudon (Centre Emile Bernheim, Solvay Business School, Brussels). Published in Savings and Development, Fall 2006
Abstract: Decentralized sustainable resource management in developing countries is important both from a poverty-reduction and an ecological viewpoint. At the same time, no financial instrument is available that enables small savings to be protected against the vagaries of monetary instabilities and inflation. This paper proposes a solution that would address all three issues simultaneously: an inflation-proof savings instrument, fully backed by the organic growth process of a local resource, which at the same time gives a market-based financial incentive to protect that natural resource. A specific example involving sustainable forestry plantations in the Third World is provided.