FIG Peer Review Journal


Land Valuation and Taxation: Key Tools for Disaster Risk Management (6441)

David Mitchell, Director, Land Centre and Matt Myers (Australia)
Dr David Mitchell
Director, Land Centre
RMIT University
394-412 Swanston Street
Corresponding author Dr David Mitchell (email: david.mitchell[at], tel.: +61 3 9925 2420)

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Published on the web 2013-03-08
Received 2012-10-21 / Accepted 2013-02-02
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2013
ISBN 978-87-92853-05-9 ISSN 2307-4086


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 these land issues in all stages of DRM to help protect the rights of the more 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 draws on existing literature and case studies developed by the authors and others in developing countries, and is considered in the context of the DRM Framework that includes both pre- and post-disaster actions. The impact of natural disasters on property values is considered, as well as the relationship between 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 both land valuation and taxation are related in the context of Disaster Risk Management. 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 in Disaster Risk Management.
Keywords: Security of tenure; Valuation; taxation, Disaster Risk Management, emergency response, recovery, reconstruction