3 Feb 2014

Solomons government says country must plan for land use

4:54 pm on 3 February 2014

The Solomon Islands government says the country can expect adverse effects on its future development if no sound land use policy is in place.

The director of the Land Use Planning Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Titus Sura, says effective land use planning is critical for the country.

Mr Sura says livelihoods could be damaged by unsustainable development, natural resource degradation, increased food insecurity, and loss of opportunities for productive development, among other things.

He also says land conflicts are a threat, and a proper land use policy would help to avoid them.

The National Land Rural Use Policy will commit the government to adopting and implementing a systematic and rigorous land use planning process throughout the country.