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Logging and conflict in Birao Ward of Guadalcanal

Wairiu, Morgan and Nanau, Gordon (2011) Logging and conflict in Birao Ward of Guadalcanal. Islands Knowledge Institute.

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Logging on Guadalcanal, the largest island province in Solomon Islands is slight compared to levels of exploitation in other provinces. But even there, logging activities are increasing because landowners cannot resist the lures of royalties and promises of infrastructure development by logging companies; not to mention bribery. Logging primarily benefits logging companies because the government has not been successful in controlling logging activities due to systemic abuse by people in positions of authority. Moreover, there is a general laxity in the enforcement of existing laws and in most instances, the current laws and regulations are inadequate to monitor and control the negative effects of logging activities. This paper uses an example from Guadalcanal Province to illustrate deep-seated problems in the logging industry and associated community conflicts nationwide. It provides a thorough analysis of the causes of logging related conflicts and identifies the current gaps to resolving them. The paper goes further by identifying responsible people and institutions that could ensure the underlying causes are dealt with and recommend strategies for positive change.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Working Paper no. 1
Subjects: S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2011 08:38
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2012 07:52

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