Registering the Human Terrian: A Valuation of Cadastre

Registering the Human Terrian: A Valuation of Cadastre

Source: National Intelligence University, 2008

Author(s): Douglas Batson

Countries: Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Guatemala

Topics: Conflict Causes, Governance, Land, Peace and Security Operations

Added: 04/02/2015


By tying a name to a place, a cadastre can answer the difficult “who” question: who is behind a given problem? A cadastre can also provide military commanders with detailed knowledge of the human terrain, assisting with identification of power brokers on the ground whose support or obstruction may determine mission success. This book tells U.S. civil and military planners how cadastral information, where it exists and where it has been maintained, might improve multilateral reconstruction and stability (R&S) efforts. Especially in post-conflict societies, land tenure and property rights (LTPR) are a much larger issue; a cadastre is one of many solutions through which stability and peace can return. Conversely, by assigning land ownership or rights to one claimant, a cadastre can extinguish de facto rights and unleash further conflict by empowering a nouveau elite at the expense of other claimants. Thus, knowledge and experience in sequencing changes to LTPR are critical to nation-building missions.


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