Compensation for Land Use Deprivation in Mining Communities, the Law and Practice: Case Study of Newmont Gold Ghana Limited


The legislation covering compensation for the acquisition of land for mining purposes in Ghana had, until recently, not made provision for compensation for deprivation of use. This, among others, led to speculative farming and inequities which resulted in conflicts between affected farmers and mining companies. The passage of the current mining law was to address some of the flaws in the previous legislation. Nevertheless, it has provided no clear direction for the assessment for deprivation of use. This study, making use of a specific case study, examines how practitioners have tried to address the challenge of compensation for deprivation of use of land in the light of valuation principles. The study argues for the need for Regulations to direct the assessment of compensation for deprivation of use. In the interim, however, the view presented in this paper by way of the use of percentages would serve as a useful guide.



Ayitey, J.Z(Department of Land Economy , Lecturer, , 0322063100)
Kidido, J.K
Tudzi, E.P.(Department of Land Economy , Lecturer , , , 0322063100)


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Article published in The Ghana Surveyor Volume 4, No. 1, 2011

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