The 'Department of Lands and Surveys' and the 'Native
Land Trust Board' are two authorities, which undertake
management and administration of most land in Fiji.
The Department of Lands and Surveys manages all
State land of both schedules - leases from owned
freehold and foreshores leases of land lying between
high and low spring tide limits. The department
has established a Land Information System.
LANDS TRUST BOARD
Sixty years ago, the Fijians Chiefs and people
entrusted the management of their land to the
Native Land Trust Board. Since then the NLTB has
become one of the most important institutions
It administers 82.9 per cent of Fiji's land, which
is owned by the Fijian people and at the same
time, promotes the development of the nation.
| Some 420,000 hectares
of native land are leased out to 24,700 tenants
for agriculture, commerce and industry.
The owners receive rentals and other benefits
such as dividends, royalties and commercial opportunities
associated with land development. The successful
development of the native land also provides significant
benefits to the communities in Fiji.
Many of the nation's cane farms are built on
a solid foundation of leased native land. Native
land has also been made available for major hotels
and businesses that create a source of employment
for thousands of people.
Landowners have also benefited from leasing out
the land. Rental payments now amount to more than
$12 million per year and this is expected to increase
in the years to come.