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Reconstructing Post-Conflict Human Landscapes: The Land Administration Domain Model

Chapter

Abstract

On-going U.S. Reconstruction and Stability operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are 21st century megaengineering projects of incredible magnitudes. A new military doctrine, Stability Operations, will no doubt improve the transfer of nation-building responsibilities from military to civilian entities, but lacks an all-important land administration component. Participatory mapping efforts in Afghanistan and a new tool, the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM), are examined as hopeful examples to move forward. The LADM, potentially the first international cadastral standard, possesses the needed flexibility to geo-locate, describe, and record the informal settlements and customary socio-tenure relationships typical of the developing world. In another example I suggest that the anxieties in a post-Castro Cuba, where radical changes might occur, might be allayed with a focus on transparent property rights. This chapter stems from my 2008 study, Registering the Human Terrain: a Valuation of Cadastre, downloadable from http://www.ndic.edu/press/10279.htm.

Keywords

Land Tenure Stability Operation Informal Settlement Tenure Security Land Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Political Geography DivisionNational Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyWashingtonUSA

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