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LAMAP Declaration 2009

1 May 2009

This declaration was made by over 100 chiefs, youth, women and community members present at the National Land Meeting in Lamap, Malekula, Vanuatu (May 2009).

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An Analysis of the Concept of ‘Sustainability’ in Mining Agreements in Papua New Guinea: The case of Hidden Valley/Hamata Mine

1 Jan 2009

This thesis examined the way in which notions of economic, social and environmental sustainability were addressed in mining agreements in Papua New Guinea (PNG), through a case study of the Hidden Valley/Hamata mine. The thesis offered a discussion of indigenous and western perspectives on economic, social and environmental perspectives and practices. It then developed a model of sustainable development drawn from the scholarly literature and applied it to the case study

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Kananam Community, Madang Province

1 Jan 2009

What does it mean that outsiders with grand plans and global connections have done so much damage?

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Issues with land reform in Vanuatu

1 Dec 2008

Ralph Regavanu, Journal of South Pacific Law 2008. Land is the principal economic resource available to indigenous Pacific Islanders, a fact directly attributable to national constitutions and legislation which enshrine in the Pacific the highest rate of customary land ownership in the world. Land issues, accordingly, and in particular attempts at land reform, have a vexed history in the region. In Vanuatu, the 2006 National Land Summit has initiated an ambitious program of land reform which aims to clarify policies, introduce new legislation and amend existing laws. This paper will identify the main reasons why land reform is required in Vanuatu and what some of the most pressing legal issues in this regard are.

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National Land Development Taskforce Report: NGO response

1 Nov 2008

It is generally undisputed that Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) interact with rural communities on a daily basis and thus represent the voice of the silent majority throughout PNG who do not have access to mass media and thus have no knowledge of vital news and information. NGOs in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have always opposed customary land registration not because we are against change in all manner and form, rather, the timing and the process of effecting change has always been done exclusive of NGOs thus preventing our input into discussions on how change should occur.

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People’s perspectives: Understanding the relationship between people and land in PNG and the struggle to maintain these important relationships.

1 Jun 2008

This issues paper by Steven Sukot of the Bismark Ramu Group is an extract from his presentation as the PNG NGO representative to AusAID’s Pacific Land Conference in Port Vila, Vanuatu, June 2008

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Tarevalata 'Kastom' Conserved Area: Chivoko, Lauru Island, Solomon Islands

1 May 2008

The Tarevalata are a unique example in the context of the change and circumstances facing the Solomon Islands in the 21st Century. The Tarevalata lands, their ‘kastom’ area, has been under increasing threat from externalinterests, beyond the common claims of their neighbours particularly from commercial loggers.

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Tarevalata, 'Kastom', Conserved Area Chivoko, Lauru Island, Solomon Islands

1 May 2008

The Tarevalata people call their traditional lands and coastal reefs by the same name as the clan, Tarevalata. In fact, the clan is named after the land. Situated on the northeastern shelf of Lauru Island (Choiseul) in the Solomon Islands, the Tarevalata lands are bordered by neighbouring clans with similar ownership of their traditional lands.

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