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The International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP) in association with the Australian Property Institute (Queensland Division) is holding its Second Pacific Regional Meeting on September 7-9, 2003 in Brisbane, Australia at the 1886 historic Customs House in the Brisbane CBD.

The purpose of this Second Pacific Regional Meeting is to provide a focus on the following theme:

Traditional and Indigenous Land uses and Economies

The pivotal discourse to be canvassed is how the skill sets of researchers and practitioners in the area of common property resources can be martialled to rectify the untenable position of indigenous and traditional societies. The pressure upon biodiversity in the south created by the demands of the north, has a parallel manifestation in the social, economic and physical dispossession of traditional and indigenous peoples throughout the world. In the IASCP Pacific Region the astounding diversity of marine and terrestrial biota is matched only by the diversity of the cultures of the traditional and Pacific peoples.

The program will enable delegates to hear a wide range of views on critical issues for CPRs in the Pacific Region, with papers presented by leading practitioners and academics over two days (8-9 September). A welcome reception will be held on the evening of 7 September at which the Second Pacific Regional Meeting will be formally opened. There will be ample opportunity for delegates to share their experiences, or to act as Session Chairs or discussants.

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