Workshop Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration in Arab region

During a 3-day workshop, a group of land professionals from 9 countries in the Arab region discussed opportunities to find innovative and pragmatic solutions by using the Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration (FFPLA) approach. 

Day 1 – the FFPLA and challenges in the Arab region

On the first day of the workshop, the FFPLA approach was introduced. Participants presented land challenges in countries in the Arab region. They paid attention to women rights and support for displaced people in land administration.
In discussion with participants, they strongly emphasised the importance of including customary and tribal rights in land administration systems. 

Day 2 – FFPLA: tools, techniques and solutions 

Facilitators and the private sector demonstrated several aerial and capture tools and techniques. They also demonstrated hardware, software and processing solutions. These solutions can support designing and implementing FFPLA approaches in country contexts. Interactive discussions on the use of these tools and solutions took place and the attendees gained new insights. 

The participants amplified and discussed the power of participatory mapping. Which includes local knowledge and involves citizens. 

Day 3 – Land information systems, data infrastructure and governance 

The third day focussed on Land Information Systems, data (processing) infrastructure and governance. Standards and interoperability were emphasized in the morning session. After that, attendees unpacked emerging trends in feature extraction, 3D cadastres, LiDAR and Blockchain. They also shared and discussed options for scaling and governance. 

The last part of the training was used for group assignments and to devise action plans for the 9 countries to adapt institutional, legal and technical frameworks. Leading to a move to fit-for-purpose land administration. The importance of cooperation between the countries and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) was emphasized. The participants strongly advocated the need for more capacity building support.

Equal and affordable access to land, peace, stability and economic growth

This combined effort by the GLTN network and the School for Land Administration Studies in this workshop is a next step to move to equal and affordable access to land, peace, stability and economic growth. This is only possible by working together on good land policies and transparent, efficient and affordable land administration systems. 

More informatie about the workshop

The 3-day workshop was a joint initiative of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), funded by UN-HABITAT and the School for Land Administration Studies. It was funded by Kadaster International and ITC (Faculty GEO-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente).
The workshop took place in Tunis, Tunisia. It was co-hosted by the Regional Centre for Remote Sensing of North Africa States (CRTEAN).