From 10 to 14 May 2020, surveyors and geo-experts from all over the world would have met in Amsterdam for the Working Week of FIG, the international federation for surveyors. Because of the global COVID-19 situation an alternative Working Week was organized that was very successful.
An important agreement will be signed today 28th of April in Colombia: a Memorandum of Understanding between the Colombian rural cadaster (IGAC: Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi), the Dutch embassy in Bogotá and Netherlands’ Kadaster. The signing will contribute to the development of a rapid, transparent and multipurpose cadaster in Colombia.
Kadaster (International) released its newest report on March 30th, a guide titled ‘Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration for All’ written by Dr. Eva-Maria Unger and Dr. Rohan Bennett. This report shows the importance of fostering strategic partnerships amongst all land sector stakeholders - government, private sector, NGOs, and academia - when undertaking FFPLA.
Sunday 8 March is International Women’s Day. Eva-Maria Unger is geodetic engineer and works for Kadaster International on women’s land rights. “I see it as an opportunity and privilege to be a woman’s voice to the land administration domain and hence in the recognition and documentation of land rights for women.”
Since 2017, Kadaster has been supporting its colleagues in the Western Balkan region. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs approved the proposal to continue with the SPATIAL project in the Balkan region in the coming three years.
Among the most difficult land conflicts are those between indigenous communities and third parties such as farmers or companies. The number of people with customary rights is relatively small and diminishing worldwide. Still, the areas covered by customary rights are vast, for instance, nearly 30% of Colombia´s territory.
According to the National Agrarian Reform Program every plot of land in Indonesia must be certified and registered by 2025. However, using the standard land registration methodology, this target will not be reached. Can NGOs and the private sector play a role? Together with the University of Gadjah Mada, Kadaster examined the options.
Nepal has made recent and welcoming strides in the area of land policy and related legislation in recent years. The new Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration policies and government initiatives embrace new ways of data collection for land administration purposes.