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The Struggle for Control of Solomon Island Forests

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Title:The Struggle for Control of Solomon Island Forests
Authors:Frazer, Ian
new social movements
Solomon Islands
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals.
Date Issued:1997
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:Frazer, I. 1997. The Struggle for Control of Solomon Island Forests. The Contemporary Pacific 9 (1): 39-72.
Abstract:Large-scale logging began in Solomon Islands in 1963. Since then there have
been two distinct regimes. The first lasted until the early 1980s and the early
years of independence. It involved a small number of companies harvesting government-
owned forests or government-leased forests, confined to a few isolated
locations, operating under close government supervision. The second regime
came about through the expansion of logging to customary land. There was a
greater spread of operations, with an increased number of companies and much
less central-government control. Resource owners had little real protection
against foreign loggers. This paper concentrates on the second period, reviewing
the history of the logging industry during this time and the extreme divisiveness it
brought about in rural areas. As logging expanded there emerged a loosely organized
anti-logging movement in provinces affected by logging. The movement
came to represent a direct challenge to the large-scale, capital-intensive development
policy followed by the postcolonial state. The movement has had some
local successes against logging companies but has failed to match the power
being wielded by the logging industry and failed to slow the high rate of timber
extraction nationally.
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 1997 - Volume 9, Number 1

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