About

Established in 2009, the Melanesian Indigenous Land Defence Alliance (MILDA) is a regional civil society network that supports and coordinates community efforts to maintain control over their land.

Our principal aim is to assist Indigenous Peoples in Melanesia maintain control over their land, sea, water, air and resources through continued use of their customary tenure systems. We assert that the customary land systems are the basis of life and community in Melanesia.

Recognising that the threats to customary land are directed against the Melanesian Pacific as a region, our intention is to unite and organise on a regional basis, to defend the continued control of Melanesian communities over their land, sea, water, air and natural resources. We assert that the customary land systems are the basis of life and community in Melanesia.

In June 2010 MILDA held our second conference which resulted in The Mele Decleration 2010.

In March 2014 MILDA held our third regional conference in Vanuatu attended by people from accross Melanesia including PNG, Fiji, West Papua, New Caledonia. This resulted in the Lelepa Declaration 2014 which spells out some of our shared goals.