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Title: Evolution of land registration and cadastral survey systems in Sri Lanka
Authors: Divithure, H
Tang, C 
Keywords: Cadastral survey
Cadastral system
Land administration
Land registration
Sri Lanka
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Survey review, 2013, v. 45, no. 329, p. 126-135 How to cite?
Journal: Survey review 
Abstract: This paper reviews the evolutionary process of land registration and cadastral survey systems in Sri Lanka. It is a case study from Sri Lanka in the southern part of Asia. This case is of relevance to other countries in the region as they share common experiences in the extensive periods of western power each country's recent history. The study investigates how diverse policy objectives, evident in various stages of Sri Lankan history, have led to evolutionary change in the processes of land registration and in cadastral survey systems in Sri Lanka. Four prominent historical stages are discussed: the ancient Sinhalese kingdom (before 1505), the period of Portuguese rule (1505-1658), the period of Dutch rule (1658-1796) and the period of British rule (1796-1948). It is evident that the power shifts between different successive regimes with varying land policy objectives have greatly influenced the evolution of the land registration and cadastral survey systems in the country.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/34139
ISSN: 0039-6265
EISSN: 1752-2706
DOI: 10.1179/1752270612Y.0000000011
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