Land Management Division main office is based in Bairiki in South Tarawa and has a small branch in Kiritimati Island. There are four Departments within LMD which roles are more concentrated on the overall management of Lands in Kiribati particularly the managing of Government owned lands (state lands) and leaseholds.
One of the principal function of the Land Management Division is the administration of the government‘s substantial landholdings. Most of Government’s land is found on South Tarawa and is almost exclusively leased from the landowners rather than purchased outright. LMD is updating and maintaining the current computerized Land Register known as Kiribati Land Information System (KLIS).
The function of the Land Management Division are overlaid by legal statutes, legislations and ordinances such as Native Land Ordinance (Cap61) where it provides for maintenance of duplicate registers by Native Land Registrar and set out powers of government surveyors and the indefeasibility of titles. Rent Review Ordinance (Cap.90)- this provides a statutory mechanism for review of land rentals at interval of three years. Foreshore and Land Reclamation Ordinance (Cap35) where the Director of Lands is given the responsibility for administering the provisions of this Ordinance, particularly as it relates to construction of causeways and other land reclamation works by gov’t. The Land Planning regime has been in place pursuant to the provisions of Land Planning Ordinance (Cap48) where provision is made for planning purposes. The State Land Act 2001 helps to regulate the controlling of all state lands in Kiribati particularly in Line & Phoenix for proper planning and proper utilization of Government lands and so forth. There are more legislations and Acts that contributes to the function of Land Management Division, but just a few are mentioned.
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