24 Aug 2004

Samoa plans to turn village land at Salelologa into a national park

6:31 am on 24 August 2004

The Samoan government says nearly all the land bought from Salelologa village will be turned into a national park.

The government acquired almost 2900 acres of forest amid reports that a township would be built there.

The chief executive officer of the Ministry for Natural Resources and Environment, Tuuu Ieti Taulealo, has told Samoa TV that only 100 of those acres will subdivided and leased to businesses to establish themselves.

This follows unsuccessful court action by the villagers who wanted 15 million US dollars for the land, but got just one point five million US dollars.

The opposition says it's surprised by news of the planned park for Salelologa.