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Come to My Village: land and life in PNG

18 Nov 2006

Our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, has over 800 languages and enormous cultural and biological diversity. Yet many Australians equate the entire country with the legacies of the Kokoda Trail, or the more recent images of a troubled Port Moresby. In reality, more than 80 per cent of Papua New Guineans lead a customary lifestyle in the villages. Importantly, access to and ownership of traditional lands is amongst the most democratic in the world.

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Samoa first to pilot open source land administration software

10 Dec 2002

Samoa has become the first country to put the new software Solutions for Open Land Administration (SOLA) into operation. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) developed the open source software to make computerised cadastre mapping and registration systems more affordable and sustainable for developing countries.

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The global land rush: Catalyst for resource-driven conflict?

30 Jul 2000

On May 11, the UN approved new international rules to govern how land is acquired abroad. These Voluntary Guidelines (VGs), the outcome of several years of protracted negotiations, are a response to growing global concern that nations and private investors are seizing large swaths of overseas agricultural land owned or used by small farmers and local communities for food, medicinal, or livelihood purposes. FAO head Jose Graziano da Silva describes the VGs as “a starting point that will help improve the often dire situation of the hungry and poor.”

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