Papua New Guinea has a rich architectural history and a diverse range of building styles. Architecture is closely linked with tradition, culture and religion, and varies significantly between regions - from the Haus Tambaran in the Sepik to the Yam Houses of the Trobriand Islands. While many
communities still use the techniques and styles passed down from their ancestors, the introduction of new materials and building styles is slowly changing the architectural landscape.
This report sets out the IOM Legal Team’s experience in addressing land barriers related to the construction of shelters in the earthquake affected areas of Haiti since it was established within the IOM Shelter Program in mid 2010. The report highlights the Team’s work in both conflict prevention and conflict resolution, it also sets out the types of land barriers IOM has encountered in its shelter work, including but not limited to land disputes, as well as the solutions the IOM Legal Team has adopted to overcome them where possible. In closing, the report formulates a set of overall conclusions that can be drawn from this work.
Programme managers and fi eld staff need guidelines in order to understand if, when and how transitional shelter should be used. This publication provides a decision-making tool to aid this process. These are practically and succinctly explained in the 10 transitional shelter principles.