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husband (verb) conserve; avoid waste.
You husband your money if you spend it with good care and avoid wasting it. A country husbands its natural resources if it uses them with great care and avoids exhausting them too soon. Using things in a way that makes them last longer is husbanding them.
- The oil rich countries have a duty to see that the oil resources are properly husbanded. Using them up without a thought for the future may cause fuel famine.
- Israel shows how best we can husband natural resources. While making the maximum use of its very limited natural resources, it takes care to see that they are neither wasted nor exhausted fast.