Eroding Fabrics of Communal Land Ownership in Papua New Guinea
This paper analyses the perceptions of 120 landowner-households of Nanadai Clan of Gaire Village in Central Province and Sek Clan of Madang Province concerning breaking apart of communal ownership of customary land in PNG.
Previous researches have argued that there is lack of a clear distinction between individual and communal property rights in some parts of Papua New Guinea. The existing weak land administration system and mechanisms have contributed immensely towards tearing apart the bond and connections between clan members and the dismantling of communal land ownership in Papua New Guinea thus, compromising national land administration values and standards. Current practices reveal that customary land is held at the sub-clan, family and individual levels, while the major clans just bear ownership name-tag.
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