Australia’s land wars are getting worse, writes the author of a report analysing the problem.
“This report shows how the Government’s land reform policy is being used to accelerate the spread of extreme land wars.”
The report, Land War: A Global Perspective, examines the current state of land governance and explores how governments and organisations are failing to tackle the problem in the absence of an urgent response.
The report examines what the Government should do to slow down the rate of land wars, identify the causes and ways to stop them, and identify ways to mitigate them.
“There is a lot of misinformation around the issue of land war,” says Professor Peter Beecroft, who co-authored the report with Dr Richard Whelan, an assistant professor of land and land governance at the University of Adelaide.
“People do think of it as a problem that will get worse as we build more houses and more houses become unaffordable.
But it’s not a problem and we can do something about it.”
The research found that the vast majority of land conflict is concentrated in a small percentage of countries and only about one in five countries has a stable and effective system for dealing with land conflicts.
The key is to establish and manage effective systems and ensure that governments and agencies have the capacity to do it.
“The real challenge is not to fix land war but to deal with it,” Professor Beecry said.
A land war on a national scale is a global problem, writes Peter Beechard, LandWar.com. “
To make sure we get a sustainable solution to this problem we need to get our governments and our agencies on the same page.”
A land war on a national scale is a global problem, writes Peter Beechard, LandWar.com.
He is a senior fellow at the Institute of International Education and former head of the UN Development Programme.
The research was funded by the UN Environment Programme.