National Land Register
The establishment of the National Land Register was founded in the Roadmap for Democracy and Sustainable Social and Economic Development (RDSSED) 2009-2014 which sets out the framework to achieve sustainable democracy, good and just governance,socio-economic development and national unity. The Ministry has already initiated work on the State Land Register which will be incorporated into the National Land Register.
The National Land Register is a system that has information about land ownership, right of possession or any other rights recorded, geographic position, areas and value. Its objective is to provide quality information pertaining to land irrespective of its tenure for decision makers.
Having all information pertaining to land is of vital importance for the land reform initiated by government. The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources being the arm of government responsible for land management then there are no alternatives but to formalize strategies using existing expertise and with the requested budget to complete the project.
Land tenure in Fiji is of unique nature with 3 major types - iTaukei Land being owned by iTLTB as the Trustee, State Land owned and administered by Government and Freehold land owned either by individuals or by shareholding entities.
The state is the custodian of all state land records as well as boundary information for iTaukei Land and freehold land but records are kept at different offices and administered differently. The National Land Register will allow for the integration of all land information in Fiji which can facilitate effective and efficient land reform policies.
The work involves the following:
- Continue verification of the 18,000 State Land Parcels captured
- Searches for relevant data from the Lands Department, iTLTB and Registrar of Titles Office.
- Capture of freehold and iTaukei land data from Titles office and iTLTB databases
- Verifying data by establishing links to iTLTB and Registrar of Titles and iTaukei Land Commission Databases
- Field checks for confirmation of data throughout the country
- Mapping of the details through GIS technology
- Linking all information to a Register (Databank)