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Comparative Study on International Compulsory Purchase Compensation Solutions in Accordance to FAO Principles of Equity and Equivalence (4799)

Marek Walacik and Sabina Źróbek (Poland)
Mr. Marek Walacik
The University of Warmia and Mazury
The Faculty of Geodesy and Land Management
Prawochenskiego Street 15
Corresponding author Mr. Marek Walacik (email: marek.walacik[at], tel.: + 48 793 736 793)

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Published on the web 2011-03-16
Received 2010-11-22 / Accepted 2011-02-10
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2011 in Marrakech, Morocco and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2011
ISBN 978-87-90907-92-1 ISSN 2307-4086


The article presents a comparative study of different compulsory purchase compensation solutions adopted in Poland and other selected countries. The study mainly used the answers given by respondents form 12 countries located on three continents (Europe, Asia and Australia). Methods used for data processing included descriptive analysis and the method of cluster analysis. One examined which countries fulfill in their procedures of compulsory purchase compensation determination the FAO’s five principles most and which don’t. The results of the research were presented in tables and charts bearing appropriate comments. The study shows, among others that the whole principle of equivalence is observed in 6 countries and the principle of flexibility in 10 countries. Whereas from the given graph, one can read, that the countries that implemented the FAO’s five principles most fully are Finland and Norway. The obtained results, justify the need for further research in this field. The lack of data has been noticed for example in the issue of definitions of market value and replacement value in particular countries or the date and the kind of land use taken while determining the value of expropriated property and the value of the additional losses.
Keywords: Valuation; expropriation systems; compensation; cluster analysis