Land & Law
20 March 2010
In the Courts
The legal framework used by landowners to negotiate commercial forestry deals has been more trouble than it's worth. This is the view of a Honiara lawyer with experience in natural resource litigation.
"Cases where logging actually contributes to community advancement are very few," says Philip Tagini, a partner in the firm Global Lawyers. "The framework for harvesting forestry creates more conflicts and frictions among communities - and particularly tribal members - than is justified by the economic gains."