Ten Pacific Island countries which are members of the World Bank have a population of about 3.4 million people, scattered across an area equivalent to 15 percent of the globe’s surface, with a development trajectory that will be shaped by their economic geography.
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In countries where a large proportion of
the total land area is held customarily, reform questions
around land and development often tend to focus on the
customary estate.... Show More + Evidence from Solomon Islands suggests
that a focus on public land holdings, even when they are
relatively small in land area, can yield outsized benefits.
Publicly owned land regularly includes economically valuable
land and urban land on which development pressure is high.
In Solomon Islands, as much as 10 percent of Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) may be affected by how effectively urban
public land is governed. Show Less -