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A 'land sovereignty' alternative

1 Jul 2012

Land sovereignty is the right of working peoples to have effective access to, use of, and control over land and the benefits of its use and occupation, where land is understood as resource, territory, and landscape.

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Leases in Vanuatu to 2010

22 Jun 2012

Jastis Blong Evriwan is pleased to share with you a preliminary analysis of leasing data drawn from the Department of Lands databases for the period of 1980-2010. The leasing data provides an indication of how much of Vanuatu is currently under lease, where land is being leased, how leased land is being used, the length of leases, and the extent that leases have been subdivided. The profile also highlights areas where data collection needs to be improved to better inform land use planning decisions. This analysis is part of a broader research effort to document customary groups' engagement in land leasing practices. The figures are indicative only and should be treated with caution, as the original data varies in quality and coverage, with missing data for many of the variables. A summary of key statistics can be found below or downloaded from: The full paper "Vanuatu National Leasing Profile: A Preliminary Analysis" can be found here: For more information on Jastis Blong Evriwan (J4P Vanuatu), please visit:

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Positive land investment alternatives

1 Jun 2012

Much touted "land investment" involves appropriation or landgrabbing. What positive alternative investments should public policy support which would strengthen the right to food, re-valorise agricultural work, and build up ecological capital?

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Vanuatu's piggy bank

5 Apr 2012

In recent years we have learnt the hard way that the world economy is interconnected. A bank collapse in New York pitching Iceland into troubles and dragging Europe down behind it. But the heavy hand of globalisation still hasn't touched some of our near neighbours. In Vanuatu recently Amos Roberts found a very different way of life.

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Green Grabbing: a new appropriation of nature?

1 Apr 2012

Across the world, ‘green grabbing’ – the appropriation of land and resources for environmental ends – is an emerging process of deep and growing significance. The vigorous debate on ‘land grabbing’ already highlights instances where ‘green’ credentials are called upon to justify appropriations of land for food or fuel – as where large tracts of land are acquired not just for ‘more efficient farming’ or ‘food security’, but also to ‘alleviate pressure on forests’. In other cases, however, environmental green agendas are the core drivers and goals of grabs – whether linked to biodiversity conservation, biocarbon sequestration, biofuels, ecosystem services, ecotourism or ‘offsets’ related to any and all of these.

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The lure of mining money in PNG

12 Mar 2012

Papua New Guinea has a new leader but the country's relationship to mining remains complex. Locals who aren't happy about the growth of the industry are left with few options, reports Antony Loewenstein from Port Moresby for New Matilda.

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Sarawak’s roads to development

3 Feb 2012

Logging has changed remote Sarawak in many ways, but the aftermath can produce a new kind of isolation, writes Christine Horn

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Informal sector ensures sustainable development in PNG – not mining!!

25 Jan 2012

Although Papua New Guinea is known as a resource-rich country, 85 percent of the population depends on the informal economy for a living.

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Land defrauders: A close call

17 Jan 2012

Indigenous land rights in PNG have recently come under attack in Australia. Lester Seri describes his people's experience in defending their land rights in Collingwood Bay.

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Recognition of Customary land in the Solomon Islands: Status, Issues and Options

15 Dec 2011

AusAID sponsored paper on land tenure in the Solomon Islands. Highlights the involvement of Australian Aid in land reform, explains current land tenure and registration systems and contains suggestions for further reform to customary land.

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