|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Sustainable Management|
|Editors||Samuel Idowu , Rene Schmidpeter , Nicholas Capaldi, Liangrong Zu, Mara Del Baldo, Rute Abreu, Benedict Sheehy|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 11 Dec 2022|
Legal personhood – recognition as having legally enforceable rights and responsibilities – is a building block of sustainable management. It is a status enjoyed by individuals, corporations, and polities (nation states and their constituent provinces): entities that can hold, acquire/dispose of assets, engage in litigation, and act in ways that transcend an individual’s life. Environmentalists and other activists are seeking to strengthen environmental sustainability and acknowledge First Nations peoples by recognizing rivers, forests, and other natural domains as legal persons under the stewardship of First Nations communities. Such a status might foster sustainable management of natural environments and strengthen the agency of communities that wish to minimize exploitation of resources by corporations and governments that prioritize immediate commercial benefit over sustainability for long-term community good.