Kadaster renews Memorandum of Understanding with Colombia
We are happy to announce that we have extended our Memorandum of Understanding with Colombia for another 4 years. This means we will continue our activities for the benefit of secure land ownership conditions, especially in Colombia´s post conflict regions.
Fruitful cooperation and successful pilots
President of the Board of Directors of the Dutch Kadaster, Frank Tierolff, states: “We are very interested in continuing the fruitful cooperation with the Colombian authorities to support the formalization of land. We have carried out successful pilots within the framework of the Colombian-Dutch project "Tierra en Paz”. We have used the 'Fit for Purpose' methodology, new cost-efficient technologies and participatory methods. These have greatly facilitated the titling processes and made them more transparent.”
We are very interested in continuing the fruitful cooperation with the Colombian authorities to support the formalization of land
Our results so far
For over 5 years we have been working together with the Colombian Land Agency (ANT) and other related governmental institutions in these fit-for-purpose (FFP) methods. Our mission is to promote legal security for all. Many fruitful results have been achieved. Together with the authorities, the FFP method has been adapted to the local circumstances. 2 examples:
- Our most recent collaboration with ANT takes place in the municipality of Ciénaga, Magdalena Department.
- Together with ANT we work in a joint study with the Externado University. ANT´s expertise will be crucial to find practical administrative and legal norms for a simplified land administration, so much needed by Colombian farmers.
About our collaboration
In 2016 the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas signed a Peace Agreement. This Agreement states that the rural land registry must be complete and up to date within 10 years. The Dutch government offered to support the Colombian government in the field of fast, affordable, transparent and participatory land administration in rural post-conflict areas. Land rights are an important step in the peace process. Legal certainty of rural property prevents new conflicts in the future. But it also offers farmers opportunities to access credits to develop further economically.