Researcher: Jenny Bryant-Tokalau

In Solomon Islands, there is a growing and continuing push towards land reform and commercial use. This report argues that land is not simply a physical space, it is everything that surrounds it spiritually, culturally and believed in. In the Pacific this can be difficult for developers to grasp and issues such as determining who the customary owners are, relationships within and between communities, and who has legal and customary rights can present a challenge. Working within the parameters of what customary owners deem appropriate is fundamental to unlocking the commercial potential of land.