Sustainable Forest Industries Limited
of Fiji

Genuine Big Leaf Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) from the well managed plantations of Fiji


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SFI, Ltd.
PO Box 1119
Nabua, Fiji Islands

Fijian Mahogany: A Benefit to the Fijian People

A cornerstone of SFI's position on Mahogany production is that it must benefit the landowners, producers and government equally. They are working closely to asssure that the resource is treated with respect and that the profits go back to benefit the families in the villages that have maintained the forest over the years. 

In Fiji, over 80% of the land is communally owned by local clans with the clan chief having the power to determine land useage, be it renting the land for a resort or utilizing it for forestry or other industries. The Native Land Trust Board represents the individual landowners' interests, and the Great Council of Chiefs helps determine government policy. 

The government incorporated its own company in 1998, the Fiji Hardwood Corporation (FHC), and gave it the assignment to utilize the Mahogany plantations for the betterment of all Fiji. The FHC controls the concession rights for the lands leased to the Government by the clans and late last year they entered into an agreement to supply SFI with Mahogany logs. 

Some of the landowners working with SFI are Peceli Tuisawau and Sakiasi "Rocky" Rokovucago and you can read about their lives, their clans, and their families' history with the Mahogany.  For pictures of one of Peceli's village and people that will directly benefit from the Mahogany harvests, please click here.






SFI, Ltd.
PO Box 1119
Nabua, Fiji Islands
About SFI Environmental Information About Fiji
Production Photographs Contacts & Business Terms