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Appendix 6. Landowner tenure (PNG)

Negotiations with Landowners are often complicated in PNG. Firstly, because customary land may have several overlapping claims, identifying the correct landowners is important, and often difficult. Understanding the cultural implications of customary land is essential.

Land issues are identified as an important source of tension within Forest Management Agreements in Papua New Guinea. This section attempts to summarise the attitude to land that prevails in Papua New Guinea. In doing so there may be an understanding of land tenure that will minimise potential conflict.

Customary land tenure in PNG reflects the culture of the country. The principles of customary land tenure include:

The implications of this to customary landowners are:

The implications of land tenure to state or business:

Forest Developers should include elements of the following in their response:

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