Land valuation a key tool for disaster risk management
journal contributionposted on 18.02.2016 by David Mitchell, Matt Myers, Donald Grant
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Much has been written about land issues in responding to natural disasters and on the role of land administration in Disaster Risk Management (DRM). It is important to address land issues at all stages of DRM to help protect the rights of the vulnerable. This paper looks at one of the three elements of land administration – the valuation of land – and considers its role in DRM. The work is considered in the context of the emergency response and post-disaster
phases of a DRM Framework and draws on existing literature and case studies developed by the authors
and others in developing countries.
The impact of natural disasters on property values is considered, as well as the relationship among land tenure, land value and land use control, and how land valuation
can support emergency response, recovery and reconstruction after natural disasters. We also consider
how land valuation and taxation are related in the context of DRM. This includes valuation to support estimates of damage and loss, effective decisions on resettlement
and compensation, and for insurance purposes. We conclude that land valuation and taxation are key tools