Tarevalata 'Kastom' Conserved Area: Chivoko, Lauru Island, Solomon Islands

1 May 2008

The Tarevalata are a unique example in the context of the change and circumstances facing the Solomon Islands in the 21st Century. The Tarevalata lands, their ‘kastom’ area, has been under increasing threat from externalinterests, beyond the common claims of their neighbours particularly from commercial loggers.

Since 2003, the Tarevalata have faced numerous attempts by logging operations to access their territory. With assistance from the Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Communities (a Lauru based organization that supports indigenous rights) and other external supporters, the Tarevalata have been able to resist the logging interests through high-court rulings in favour of their land rights. Where loggers have trespassed they have been ejected physically and their equipment confiscated. But for how long?

The Tarevalata invited discussion over a period of three days in April 2008, which included a
community meeting and a number of interviews, as well as a boundary walk of the Tarevalata forest.
This report documents the Tarevalata views and opinions of their ‘kastom’ land and resources, and
expresses some of their ideas and aspirations for the future.


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