The Political Economy of the Transition from Logging to Mining in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islanders have more than four decades of experience with large-scale commercial logging of natural forests, which still accounts for around 70 per cent of exports, 15 per cent of GDP and 14 per cent of domestically sourced government revenues (World Bank 2015:139). However, having logged well beyond the sustainable yield almost every year since 1981, and despite previous predictions of the exhaustion of the resource having proved to be incorrect, there are signs that logging is set to decline. For example, in 2012 there were 102 active licensed logging operations, down from 333 in 2008, and these are now mostly restricted to three of the nine provinces — Isabel, Makira Ulawa and Western.
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