Nature as Capital

In the South, numerous successful examples illustrate the possibility of reconciling growth with the regeneration of natural capital in a way that proposes a new equilibrium between society and territory.

These new organizations require and encourage deep understanding of natural ecosystems and enhanced human capital. They use innovative technologies to establish a relationship between ecosystems and systems of production that is both more nuanced and more efficient than previously. The biomass already serves as primary material for industrial systems ranging from the production of food to that of energy and petroleum substitutes; ecosystems’ natural activity is a source of tremendous value-added material, a potentially limitless offer of services to anyone who understands how to respect their operational balance.

The Bridge Tank investigates technologies and knowledge related to changes in southern agricultural models; the role of research, business and the role of the public sector; financial instruments to aid transition; and, more broadly, the problem of returns in the exploitation of renewable natural resources.