Incorporating sustainable development objectives into land administration
AuthorWILLIAMSON, IAN; ENEMARK, STIG; WALLACE, JUDE
Source TitleProceedings of FIG XXIII Congress: Shaping the Change
AffiliationEngineering: Department of Geomatics
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsWilliamson, I., Enemark, S., & Wallace, J. (2006). Incorporating sustainable development objectives into land administration. In, Proceedings of FIG XXIII Congress: Shaping the Change, Munich.
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Historically, land administration systems (LAS) were built to support land markets and land taxation systems. In developed countries, these systems constitute substantial infrastructure provided through government for the benefit of overall public administration, citizens and businesses. These systems are expensive to maintain and increasingly reliant on technology. The design of LAS will become even more complex as they are now being used to assist delivery of a broader range of public policy and economic goals, the most important of which is sustainable development. The national and historical methods used to incorporate sustainable development objectives into national LAS were examined in an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) in Melbourne in December, 2006 with leading stakeholders and land policy experts from Australia and Europe. Distinctions between approaches used in modern European democracies and in Australia were identified. The European approach showed more integration between the standard LAS activities and measures of sustainability. Australian policy was more fractured, partly due to federation and the constitutional distribution of powers. In contrast, Australian LAS pioneering lay in incorporating market based instruments (MBI) and complex commodities into LAS and revitalization of land information through inventive Web based initiatives. The EGM developed a vision outlined in this paper for future LAS sufficiently flexible to adapt to this changing world of new technology, novel market demands and sustainable development.
Keywordssustainable development; land administration systems; infrastructure
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