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Samoan Environment Forum : proceedings of the 2002 National Environment Forum|Samoan customary lands at the crossroads - some options for sustainable management / Tu'u'u Ieti Taule'alo|Sooialo David Fong & Patea Malo Setefano|Ethnotaxonomy of breadfruit cultivars in Samoa / Namulau'ulu G. Tavana|Population development verses sustainable development / Malaefono Taua Faafeu-Taaloga|Climate change and Samoa - Sustainable development / Tagaloa Bismarch Crawley|Urban development and uncontrolled discharge in Apia, Samoa / Paul Jones and John Cocks|Renewable energy: a renewed approach to sustainable development - a natural source of empowerment for the Pacific islands / Peniamina Doug Leavai|Sustainable agriculture : How do we get there in Samoa? / Aaron Kama|Worldviews, concepts, attitudes and awareness with regard to natural resource management in Samoa and other Pacific islands / Nacanieli S. Tuivavalagi|Some reflections on a sustainable development strategy for a least developed small island state, just graduated to developing country status / Afamasaga Faamatala Toleafoa
Climate Change Resilience
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Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment

Land is at the very core of everything connected to the faa-Samoa (Samoa way) - culture, titles, language, aiga (extended family) and people. It is often the cause of major conflicts between individuals, families, villages or districts. Drawn-out disputes are common due mainly to uncertainties over numerous beneficial owners with competing interests. One only has to visit the Lands and Titles Court at Mulinuu in Upolu and Tuasivi in Savaii to witness the extent in which Samoans would fight to protect the pule (authority) over their customary lands. This forum does not permit legal representation but allows the beneficial owners to argue their own cases themselves before a panel of Samoan judges. For such an important issue in people's lives the subject of land is not openly discussed, except in court, giving the impression that either it is too complex to deal with or too personal to be anybody else's business.
Samoan environment forum proceedings of the National Environment Forum 2001|Mulivai's smart house / Tu'u'u Ieti Taule'alo|Human resource development in Samoa - we are what we culture / Esekia Solofa|Traditional knowledge is the key to sustainable development in Samoa: examples of ecological, botanical and taxonomical knowledge / Namulauulu G.V. Ta'ana|Report of a household fisheries and dietary survey, October - November 2000 / Kelvin Passfield, Mike King, Atonio Mulipola and Etuati Ropeti|Quarantine's non-compliancy is a risk to Samoa's sustainable biodiversity / Kirifi Pouono|Sustainable forest management programmes in Samoa / Aukuso Leavasa|Urban planning and management in Apia - everybody's or nobody's business in 2002 / Paul Johnes and Jude Kohlhase|Tackling land degradation and unsustainable land use in Samoa - with emphasis on the agriculture sector / N.S. Tuivavagi, D.J. Hunter and F. Amosa|Knowing your environment - a survey of how Samoans view their environment / Maria Talaitupu Kerslake|Samoa's development paradox: diversification away from the agriculture - based economy / Tuaopepe F.S. Wendt|Planning for coastal hazards in Samoa / T'u'u'u Ieti Taule'alo and Tagaloa Bismarch Crawley
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Taulealo, Tu'u'u Ieti


Wulf, Violet

Housing in Samoa has undergone tremendous change in the last fifty years. While smaller and less permanent traditional Samoan houses, or fale, are still being widely used the big open round- or oval-shaped fale with thatched roofs have been largely replaced by open rectangular structures with corrugated iron roofs. Within the rural villages more and more families are building European-style dwellings with internal facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms.