THE Soqosoqo Vakamarama Bua wants strict procedures set down for investors who apply for mining extraction or exploration of raw material on their land or traditional fishing grounds.
Group representative Lanieta Ranavono said traditional owners should be informed first of any interest by foreign investors to develop their land or qoliqoli.
"An environment impact assessment and a social impact assessment should be undertaken before other negotiations are made as a condition for mineral extraction licensing,
"A formal approval should be sought after a positive report of the two assessment reports is received and clarifications of financial disbursements and schedule are made to landowners.
Landowners should be given the choice to become shareholders in the investment," Ms Ranavono said.
Ms Ranavono said negotiations at all levels between the landowners and the iTaukei Land Trust Board should be made in the presence of landowners or their chosen representatives from their mataqali (land-owning unit).