Community teak forestry in Solomon Islands as donor development: when science meets culture

Walters, Peter and Lyons, Kristen (2016) Community teak forestry in Solomon Islands as donor development: when science meets culture. Land Use Policy, 57 730-738. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.06.029


Author Walters, Peter
Lyons, Kristen
Title Community teak forestry in Solomon Islands as donor development: when science meets culture
Journal name Land Use Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-8377
1873-5754
Publication date 2016-11-30
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.06.029
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 57
Start page 730
End page 738
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This paper uses a case study of smallholder teak forestry in the Pacific Islands nation of Solomon Islands to evaluate difficulties that can arise when foreign expertise fails to take sufficient account of local epistemology and practices when implementing market based community level development. The planting of community level smallholder teak is widespread in the Solomon Islands and has the potential to address some of the environmental and livelihood damage done by years of indiscriminate logging. Attempts by successive Australian Government aid programs to better manage plantations for maximum yield and marketability have largely failed as competing livelihood priorities; differing philosophies on long term compounding returns and deferred income; and the geographical challenges of accessing markets have all conspired to prevent this high value timber from being grown to its full potential. We use the theories of indigenous epistemology to highlight the ways in which failure to properly integrate economic activity according to the culture and values of communities can mean that initiatives such as this will struggle to succeed.
Keyword Solomon Islands
Village economy
Forestry
Donor aid
Local epistemology
Scientific method
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Sun, 17 Jul 2016, 18:57:42 EST by Dr Peter Walters on behalf of School of Social Science