public trust doctrine
- A principle that demands the government to guard and maintain certain natural and cultural resources for the benefit and use of the public, even holding ownership of submerged land under navigable waters
- The public trust doctrine ensures that the beachfront remains accessible for everyone to enjoy.
- Under the public trust doctrine, the sale of a public park would need to be in the public interest.
- The government, under the public trust doctrine, protects natural resources like forests and rivers for public use.