Contributing to land rights for peace in Colombia
Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Koenders visited one of the FARC demobilisation zones in Meta in Colombia on Friday March 3. He expressed the continuous support of the Dutch Government to the peace process. Securing land rights is among the top priorities of the Colombian Government. Kadaster is honoured to contribute and provide expertise.
The Dutch-Colombian collaboration will focus on fast and effective land administration for the implementation of the peace agreements. It involves the process of handing out titles to landowners who live in areas where the Government has been absent for decades because of the internal war. Speeding up this process is essential to maintain public confidence in the peace process.
Memorandum of Understanding with the National Land Agency
Last December, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Colombian National Land Agency (Agencia Nacional de Tierras), the Dutch Government and Kadaster. The first action is implementing a participatory ‘Fit-For-Purpose’ methodology in a municipality in the department of Meta, together with all agencies involved and the local population. Fit-For-Purpose means registering land in a fast and affordable way, producing results that fit the purpose and quality needed. The pilots will deliver land titles for farmers as an important condition for development of rural areas affected by the armed conflict.
The farmers themselves do much of the work: with a special app on smartphones they walk along the borders of their land to demarcate their plot. These demarcations will be shown on a digital map. When farmers of the community mutually agree on the map they have made (and there are no conflicts), this can be formalised and titles will be awarded. If there are conflicts, these conflicts will be mapped to know exactly where they are situated, as a basis for efficient conflict resolution.
European Trust fund and Dutch co-financing
The pilots are executed in the context of the programme ‘Strengthening of integrated intervention mechanisms in marginalised rural territories in Colombia’, the first programme financed by the EU trust Fund. The Dutch Government co-finances the work of Kadaster in Colombia.