Strengthening professional access to information about land II

Following up on the success of the first SPATIAL project, running from 2017 – 2019, a new project was defined together with 8 sister organisations in 6 countries in the Western Balkan (North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro). Financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this project focuses on the bilateral cooperation between Kadaster and each of the different organisations. For the national mapping and cadastral agencies (NMCA) a work plan is defined to support them in the further development of their organisation in general, and spatial data acces in particular.

Regional cooperation

As many NMCA’s face the same challenges when building a national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI), working together and sharing knowledge is a key element in the successful implementation of an NSDI. Regional meetings are an efficient way to actively share each other’s experiences and problems when developing the NSDI.

Bilateral support

Besides the collective regional meetings, also bilateral cooperation is needed, focusing on specific national issues. During the kick-off meeting in February 2020, with attendance from the Dutch Embassy, EuroGeographics and colleagues from Norway and Sweden, individual plans for each NMCA, with a wide variety of topics, were developed, planned and agreed. 
Topics that are high on each list are the development and maintenance of the national geoportal (Albania, Kosovo, Serbia), while INSPIRE web services (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and institutional development (North Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro) are also important topics for the NMCA’s.

Online cooperation

This period of COVID travel restrictions shows that we are able to share knowledge and discuss interactively in a virtual way on different aspects of running an NMCA organisation.

Duration of the project

February 2020 – December 2022

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Milestone: Public inspections started in Benin

The project for the modernisation of the Benin land administration (PMAF) reached a milestone in September 2021. Land administration data of 12 rural villages were published for a 30 days period of inspection by the right holders.

The first results

These are the first results of a large field data collection process and of the development of an Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) based land administration system. Both are being performed by local companies with support of Dutch and Beninese experts. 

This is the beginning

After the public inspection and, when needed, correction of the data, the right holders will be registered in the national cadastre. And this is only the beginning. The PMAF project will realise the registration of up to 200.000 parcels, while the approach and the technical tools are made ready for the registration of all estimated 7 million parcels in Benin.

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NSDI development in Moldova

The EU member states Croatia, the Netherlands and Poland work together in a twinning  project called ‘Improving Spatial Data Services in the Republic of Moldova, following EU standards’. Twinning projects seek to strengthen institutional capacity within an agency by linking it with other leading international counterparts.

Together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Kadaster also participates in this EU twinning project. The project aims to enhance e-Government through improved spatial data sharing and cooperation among Moldovan authorities, in line with EU standards and best international practices.

Kadaster support

The focus of our support is 2-fold: we collect information about the NSDI in Moldova. And we create an overview of the costs of running an NSDI in Moldova and the capacity building in the different aspects.

Costs of running an NSDI

To prepare, develop and maintain a national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) you need to have a vision what you want to achieve and the means to realize it, today and in the coming years. The running costs of an NSDI are not always easy to identify; some costs are clear, some hidden. To support the development of the Moldovan NSDI, Kadaster assists in creating an overview of the various costs. In a next step, these costs can be compared with the expected benefits.

Capacity building

Together with many Moldovan stakeholders, we developed a series of training courses to support these organisations in improving their knowledge and expertise in the basic concepts and legislation of an SDI , 
The courses contain subjects like: spatial data formats and management, desktop and web-based mapping and GIS software, etc. The technicians  as well as  the different management levels participate in these training sessions.

Virtual cooperation

Working together online with our Moldovan colleagues works well. Although intensive, the virtual missions prove to be interactive and full of discussions with each other about the value of an NSDI.

Duration of the project

1 September 2020 – 31 October 2022

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Renewed cooperation in Rwanda

Kadaster has collaborated with the Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA) since 2008. The last project focused on the land administration information system extension and upgrade. In August 2021, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) programme Land-at-Scale approved a funding application to continue the cooperation for the next four years. 

Implementing RLMU business plan

During the renewed cooperation, the focus will be on implementing the RLMUA business plan. This plan will seek to ensure a sustainable financial and operating environment for land administration in Rwanda. First, we need to realign the plan to embed the new land use planning task of RLMUA. The government of Rwanda describes its land use planning ambitions in the National Land Use & Development Master Plan 2020-2050.

Kadaster will support with implementing this Master Plan. We will need the capacity and knowledge of academia, in both the reassessment of the business plan, and in the execution of the land use planning tasks. Kadaster will also closely work together with the International Development Law Organisation, who is involved in the national implementation of a more just decision-making process by local mediation committees (known as Abunzi). 

Duration of the project


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How land rights contribute to human rights

Human rights day

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Now, 72 years later, the pursuit for universal human rights still demands our attention.

Right of access to land

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living high enough for the health and well-being of himself or her family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care, and necessary social services ...". In order to have food and housing, you must have access to land.

The value of ownership

Ownership can be registered by law. This makes a property right a legal right recognised by the state. Registered ownership means that you can dispose or transfer land - but also that others cannot take your land. This gives you legal protection and increases prosperity and well-being. Many people do not have a registered, and therefore legal, right of ownership.

Land rights for all

Land rights for women, poor people, and children are not self-evident everywhere. Quite often, children lose their rights when the parents are no longer there. Kadaster helps in many countries with the registration of land and property under the motto "land rights for all". For men and women, for rich and poor, for young and old. 

People, nature and well-being

The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations are in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and require proper land registration and information provision with a balance between people, nature and welfare. Having an overview of property and usage rights is essential in government decision-making, for example in spatial planning or nature conservation.

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Extending cadastral tasks to the Caribbean Netherlands

Land registration modernisation

With the BES Land Registry Act, Kadaster Netherlands will incorporate cadastral and land registry tasks on the BES islands. This allows for land registration modernisation on the three islands and is expected to boost the real estate market. With this act, the Dutch national government takes responsibility for the efficient registration of real estate on the Dutch territory and improves legal certainty.

Further improve services and business operations

Since 2011, Kadaster has been involved in the digitisation and automation of the land registers on the three islands. The BES islands, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and Kadaster have jointly agreed to further improve services and business operations while taking into account existing practices.

Benefit the island's owners, notaries, brokers and banks

This act is expected to bring about a more uniform way of working and registration, which will benefit the island's owners, notaries, brokers and banks. But above all, it will provide more continuity. 
"We want to continue and further develop the island's digitisation process to improve the quality of data. To do so, we will take a number of steps in the coming period. Together we continue to advance legal certainty”, according to Frank Tierolff, chairman of the Kadaster Board of Management.

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A tangible contribution to global geospatial information management

Kadaster has always contributed substantially to the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). This cooperation is now further intensified with a virtual secondment.

A significant milestone

Since the establishment of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Kadaster has contributed substantially at a professional level.

With the 10 year anniversary the cooperation is further intensified with a virtual secondment. This support to the UN-GGIM’s work programme represents a significant milestone in the collaboration between Kadaster and the UN-GGIM.

From framework to practice

The secondment focuses on two key aspects of the UN-GGIM’s work programme: the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) and the Framework for Effective Land Administration (FELA). This involves working on aspects on how to leverage the IGIF Implementation Guide, to support the design and development of IGIF country-level action plans and support in country operationalisation of FELA. The secondment will be fulfilled by Kadaster’s Land Administration advisor Eva-Maria Unger.

Some responses

Frank Tierolff, chairman of the Kadaster Board of Management: “Kadaster has always contributed actively to the work of UN-GGIM, simply because it is important. The secondment of Eva-Maria Unger and her support to UN-GGIM’s work programme is another step in this joint journey. The secondment embodies Kadaster’s key value ‘driven’: encouraging our staff to embrace constant development while serving the public cause.”

Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the United Nations Statistics Division: “The leadership of Kadaster in the field of land administration over many years is acknowledged not only at the global level but also regionally and in Europe. This virtual secondment is a new, practical, tangible, and positive contribution to support our global programme. And hopefully sets an example for other countries to follow.”

Eva-Maria Unger: “I am grateful for this opportunity. The transformational change that we need to strive towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda is centred around geospatial information. But a lot of work needs to be done. I am excited and hope that I can contribute substantially to the two key aspects of the UN-GGIM’s work programme - the IGIF and FELA. Both frameworks that can bring this positive transformational change.”

Digital archiving in Jordan

In Jordan, a revision of the law which enables a fully digital registration process has been put in place.

The project between Kadaster and the Jordan Department of Land and Survey (DLS) has provided a roadmap to the DLS of how to digitise many kilometres of archives, both maps and deeds.

However, the most outstanding result may not be the technical and organisational solutions but rather the realisation at management level of a White Paper in which is described how the official registration document, including the specified procedure to compile and document it, can in fact be replaced by a digital process.

Starting point

The Department of Lands and Survey (DLS) has a long experience in computerisation. Paper based transactions in the DLS are processed digital in a parallel workflow since two decades. Also the scanning of documents wasn’t a new activity for DLS. Based upon an earlier recommendation after a twinning project, a new workflow is already (and successfully) introduced in the Amman Registration Office.

Project results

  • This project has defined a roadmap for the next step in the computerisation of the core of the administration which is the White Sheet ledger: the legal property registration.
  • The computerisation as described in the roadmap will have benefits on the efficiency and reliability of the real estate market and with that on the economy and society as a whole. It will improve transparency of the government. This fits to the intention of the state to achieve paperless government by the year 2020.
  • The roadmap describes how to protect the existing archives, both maps and deeds; how to improve the quality of the archives, both maps and deeds; how to integrate digital archives, both maps and deeds, in the internal workflows and how to: integrate digital archives, both maps and deeds, in the external workflows.

Duration of the project

2016 - 2018

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Implementation of the national GESTERRA programme in Mozambique

The National Land Registry in Mozambique, the 'Direcção Nacional de Terras (DINAT)', is responsible for the implementation of the ‘GESTERRA’ programme. The purpose of this programma is “improved national capacity for land management and land administration to respond to the needs of all land users". Also is mentioned “Providing secure and clear rights (DUATS) bringing additional benefits in terms of new investment choices and enhanced food security”.

Technical assistance in transition phase

The challenge for the national land agency DINAT is to register a total of 5 million parcels between 2020 and 2025. Kadaster is providing  technical assistance in the transition phase towards the start of the GESTERRA II programme.

The support is focussing on the organisation (planning, budgeting and IT) and developing the fit-for-purpose procedures in land registration and related Capacity building (train the trainers). In 2019 and 2020 the support concentrates on the ICT Organisation and Institutional development.

In 2019 two devastating hurricanes hit Mozambique. This has a huge impact on land administration procedures. Innovative land tools are needed to document and restore already existing people-to-land relationships as now effected by the cyclones. The location of the people, their houses and temporary shelters as well as their related supporting livelihood need to be identified. A gender-sensitive and inclusive (women, youth, orphans, elderly and marginalised groups) validation, through the community, will ensure the quality of the collected data. Temporary, qualified, or ‘re-starter’ land certificates will be issued and handed over to ensure the access to reconstruction grants and the reestablishment of livelihood.

Intended results

A sustainable, autonomous National Land Registry, ready to execute the GESTERRA program and being the trusted party for Mozambican land users and land partners.

A sustainable Land Information System with clear procedures in land registration and agreed service level agreements in IT and IT systems.

DINAT staff and service providers are aware of fit for purpose principles and prepared to transfer all related knowledge.

Results so far

In 2018 the fit for purpose procedures were tested in designated pilot areas. The testing focussed on data collection methodologies and related IT (collector) interface applications. Support has been given in developing a strategy in executing the GESTERRA project and engaging the WB support from 2019.

A training needs assessment was done and a first draft of a Training Toolkit was delivered. This Training Toolkit will be perfected and finished in 2020.

Specific attention was given on IT and IT applications. The interface with the data collection application is now operational.

Duration of the project

1 January 2018 – 31 December 2020

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Building community trust in Beira

Project completed

The location is a 50 ha pilot area, as defined in the Masterplan Beira 2035. The original project planning envisioned a one-and-a-half-year period for implementing the desired interventions. The project faced several delays including financial resource availability at the municipality of Beira, cyclone Ida, and two elections. However, we successfully completed the planned interventions.

Improved livelihoods

The biggest success, as identified by almost all evaluation participants, was the established cooperation with Young Africa and the possibilities for affected local people to attain a vocational training - and so may improve their future livelihoods.

"We have to understand the community we are working with, understand their problems and talk their language."
Sonia Rita Uane, external coordinator of the livelihood restoration.

Environment of cooperation

The management of a process of such a big magnitude in terms of social effects, proved to be challenging. The evaluation team concluded though that the project created an environment of cooperation and enhanced the capacity at the municipality. We trained the project team at the municipality, and they can now handle FFP-LA recording with special attention to vulnerable people and women.

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Implementation of the National Land Use Zoning Plan in Bhutan

Land as a scarce resource, requires the Bhutanese government to make choices regarding the use of the land in a sustainable way. The development of a national land use zoning plan and data sharing protocol will enable the government to make informed decisions. A cross-sectoral approach will be followed and stakeholders are invited to participate. 

Implementation of national land use zoning plan

Bhutan experiences many challenges such as extreme temperatures and snowfall, storms and draught in the highlands but also heavy rain at the foot of the mountains and the southern belt with landslides and floods as a consequence. Because of these challenges and specific topography, available land is scarce for agricultural produce, human settlement, infrastructure and other land related development. A cross-sectoral policy perspective on national land use and management is lacking.

Aim of our support

Our support aims to help the government of Bhutan to enable society to make optimal, sensible and sustainable use of the limited land and water resources in their country. This is facilitated through the establishment of a harmonised national land use zoning plan in Bhutan which leads to a solid basis for establishing land use ordinances and enforcement.

Activities and intended results

A data sharing plan and a zoning plan in a pilot area will be developed by the end of 2020. The support consists of a technical part (data sharing protocol and development of zoning plan) and an institutional part (coordination of geo-data and participatory planning).

Furthermore, a monitoring and evaluation plan is developed to ensure quality, evaluate key reforms of the NLUZ project and safeguard the inter-disciplinary use of the NLUZ processes and to promote self-learning.

Duration of the project

2019 - 2020

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Strengthening capacity for geospatial data management in Belarus

The project focuses on the harmonisation of spatial data under the EU Directive INSPIRE, to promote sustainable development and good governance. It aims to improve the capacity of the National Cadastral Agency (NCA) to integrate and connect geospatial information and to develop e-services.

This project is part of the ‘Twinning programme’ of the EU, aimed at facilitating institutional cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States and beneficiary or partner countries.

Spain and the Netherlands both have solid cadastral systems and experience in the implementation of INSPIRE data and services. They also have experience in collaboration in Twinning projects. We are eager to combine our expertise and cooperate with Belarus for the coming two years.

Sharing data following the INSPIRE Directive

The support of the Dutch experts is mainly focusing on increasing the capacity for sharing spatial data following interoperability principles of INSPIRE in Belarus. The purpose of this component is to develop a better understanding of how best to share spatial data between the various stakeholders in Belarus. Key to this understanding are the interoperability principles of the INSPIRE Directive and how INSPIRE is implemented in the various Member States of the EU. During workshops the international team helped them to define the requirements for the creation of a metadata portal. Besides workshops in Belarus, also a study visit to the Netherlands took place. This helped to get a first-hand view of the best practices in INSPIRE implementation within the EU.

Methodology document

In addition to that we will help NCA to apply the newly acquired knowledge from experiences and lessons learned from EU Member States to conduct an assessment of the current level of harmonisation of the data of NCA and other stakeholders. Together we will analyse how the data model can integrate all the different information and how to design the most effective data flows in order to create and maintain an integrated spatial data information system. Also a methodology document will be prepared on the creation and maintenance of standard Metadata for spatial data of the NCA. This will enable and facilitate efficient and effective discovery and use of the data available within the NCA through Metadata. In addition to that we will jointly review and assess the existing quality control system for data creation, elaboration and maintenance, in order to draft a methodology for a new quality check of data capture at the stage of registration, data update and data maintenance.

Efficient and effective spatial data management 

Both Spain and the Netherlands have consolidated cadastral systems and experience in the implementation of INSPIRE data and services. We also have proven experience in collaboration and twinning projects. We are eager to combine their expertise cooperate with Belarus on enlarging the capacity of NCA in efficient and effective spatial data management in line with interoperability and harmonisation principles. 

Duration of the project

1 year - 2019.

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Strengthening Professional Access To Information About Land

Since 2017, Kadaster has been supporting its colleagues in the Western Balkan region to strengthen their professional access to information about land through this SPATIAL project: 8 agencies of 6 countries participated.

Sharing knowledge and experiences

More than 20 regional workshops were organized in which each of the participating organisations shared their experiences and knowledge on the selected theme of the workshop. Kadaster facilitated round table discussions and the definition of quick wins and actions for each organisation. The workshops, with over 240 participants, have strengthened the regional network, creating better understandings of the addressed topics.

North Macedonia

The cooperation between the Agency for Real Estate Cadastre (AREC) of North Macedonia and Kadaster focused on three topics: implementation of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Strategy; development of the Address Registry; and updating of the Topographic Maps.


The cooperation between the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA) of Serbia and Kadaster focused on drafting the NSDI strategy and legislation; support for mass property valuation; strengthening institutional and organisational capacity on Open Data, Key Registers; and becoming a more service oriented organisation.

Bosnia–Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania

For Bosnia–Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania emphasis was placed understanding the organisational and technological state-of-play. This was achieved through organising regional workshops, focussing on themes related to spatial data.

Goals for future cooperation

After 27 months, we have a good understanding of the status of all 8 agencies, their needs and their wishes for future cooperation with the Netherlands. The aim is to continue the cooperation and further strengthen professional access to information about land at both national and regional level. In 2020 the cooperation will continue in a new project: SPATIAL II.

Duration of the project

1 January 2017 - 31 March 2019

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Improving modern land registration in Indonesia

A sound land administration system and a fair land market is fundamental for economic and social stability and gender equality. It is regarded as one of the main pillars for economic development.

Indonesia is moving towards a land administration system that meets the social, economic and environmental needs.

The achievement of such a transition requires attention to the full range of governance, policy, legal, financial, technical (data and innovation), partnership, standards, and capacity issues relating to effective land administration and integrated geospatial management. 

Support the cadastral and mapping agency of Indonesia ATR/BPN

Two earlier  projects in which Kadaster participated concentrated on supporting advocacy efforts, developing and piloting the Participative Land Registration (PaLaR). However, for the method to be viable in terms of sustainability and scalability, all the above facets require exploration and design responses. Therefore, the ambition for this third project is to support the cadastral and mapping agency of Indonesia ATR/BPN,  in the organisational and institutional transition to reach the governments’ ambition to map all land parcels in Indonesia before 2025.

Kadaster and ATR/BPN have a long-standing relationship in cooperation projects and it has become clear that ATR/BPN would benefit from the experience and know-how of Kadaster to support them in this major transition.

The following results are expected

  1. In 2023, ATR/BPN is, at the highest level, knowledgeable about the concept and practice of a customer-oriented approach. Input is developed for the transition from a data producer to a customer-oriented data management organisation
  2. In 2023, ATR/BPN is seen as the center of providing public services in regard to land administration. Hence, a product portfolio and a suitable business and governance model have been designed to serve the customer of ATR/BPN
  3. In 2023 the PaLaR method (or equivalent) is adopted by ATR/BPN, and used as one of the methodologies to reach the 2025 goal of complete formal registration of land ownership in Indonesia

Duration of the project

2020 - 2023

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Providing security during reconstruction in Nepal

Many inhabitants of Nepal are still experiencing the consequences of the 2015 disastrous earthquakes. Most of the houses in the earthquake-affected areas have been damaged or destroyed. In three of those areas land administration experts from Nepal, international experts from the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and Kadaster, are working on methods to accelerate reconstruction.

For many Nepalese people in the affected areas, only one thing is important: they want a house again! But it has to be built in the right place and they must have the guarantee that it is their property.

Accelerate processes

Despite the solid plans and financial resources from the government, reconstruction does not go as fast as is needed. Bureaucratic procedures and a big gap between government and citizens are slowing down the process. The government is looking for practical ways to speed up reconstruction.

Joint approach with residents and municipality

Farmers from the first of the three areas cannot return to their own village because of the danger of landslides. The government has assigned a new location for the village. But before the farmers can build a new house, the government must make a settlement plan.

We accelerate this process by helping farmers and the municipality to make this plan together, including providing tenure security with titles. We also use that approach in the second area. Here, the residents want to rebuild their village and at the same time make the structure of plots and public space more efficient.

Unrecorded lease agreements

In the third area, many farmers live on land owned by landlords. The lease agreements are often not recorded. In addition, many farmers have low literacy, so they are insufficiently aware of their rights and options offered by the government. Awareness of their legal status and knowledge of the processes is important to acquire funding for building their new house.

Within the project Kadaster works with the local organisation Huradec. The experience will be used to improve land rights at a bigger scale throughout the whole of Nepal.

Collaboration with Ukraine on geo-information integration

Kadaster and StateGeoCadastre Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Understanding on institutional cooperation on National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI).

Expected benefits

The memorandum enables stronger cooperation between the two institutions: exchange of experts and delegations, expert support on NSDI capacity increase, cooperation on cartography, topography, cadastre and land registry spheres.

StateGeoCadastre aims to improve the development and operation of NSDI in Ukraine. Kadaster will share its knowledge and experience, recognising the mutual benefit of cooperating on NSDI and seizing the opportunity to promote friendship and understanding between the countries.

5 year partnership

The chairman of the Kadaster Board of Management, Frank Tierolff, and the chairman of StateGeoCadastre, Roman Leschenko, signed the 5-year agreement online because of the COVID-19-restrictions. 

Roman Leshchenko, Head of the StateGeoCadastre, mentioned:
“This document opens opportunities for regular exchange of experience and best practices for the development and effective functioning of the national infrastructure of geospatial data”.

Frank Tierolff, chairman of the Kadaster Board of Management, confirmed the importance of the MoU:

“Ukraine has been a front runner in self-assessing its NSDI state-of-play and plotting a future NSDI strategy. This MoU allows StateGeoCadastre and Kadaster to effectively collaborate on geo-information integration.”

Reinoud Nuijten, Agricultural Counsellor to Ukraine at the Dutch Embassy in Kyiv, was also very pleased with the signing of the MoU and stated:
“All the land users in Ukraine, including the farmers, will benefit from its effective functioning”.

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Land administration information system extension and upgrade in Rwanda

Kadaster has been involved in the development of the Land Administration Information System (LAIS). The system is facilitating the Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA) in land administration procedures.

Originally built to support the initial collection of land administration data, LAIS version 4.0 will be ready to support the updating and maintenance of legal data.

From 2008 until 2013 Kadaster carried out a Land Registration Reform Project, supporting the Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA) in professionalising land administration processes.

Maintenance of large quantity of legal data

Focussing on the maintenance of the large quantity of legal data (more than 10 million objects), a first version of the Land Administration Information System (LAIS) was introduced in the Kigali City District Land Bureaus in 2011. Originally built to support the initial collection of land administration data, from 2011 up to 2018 LAIS has undergone several upgrades. The LAIS version 4.0 as now launched is ready to support the updating and maintenance of legal as well as spatial data.

Guiding the process

From November 2018 Kadaster is guiding RLMUA in this process, working in close cooperation with Dutch and local partners including ESRI Rwanda. RLMU staff has been trained in taking over the maintenance of the system and allocating needed ESRI support. This is needed to keep the system as well as RLMUA IT facilities sustainable.   

Project milestones

Important milestones in this project are:

  • The assessment phase
  • Data cleaning and migration
  • LAIS general functions
  • Launching LAIS 4.0
  • Remaining system issues

LAIS 4.0 has been launched in November 2019. Support now is focussing on the remaining system issues and starting the structural system maintenance.

Duration of the project

1 November 2018 – 1 August 2020.

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Unlocking land potential Vietnam

Strengthening land use planning and agricultural restructuring are pillars for a sustainable development in Vietnam. Together with RVO, we provide support based on our experience with land consolidation to foster agricultural development. Focus lies on aligned legislation, land management and a digital land information system.

Improving legislation and land information system for land consolidation

The General Department of Land Administration (GDLA) is part of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). As the responsible agency, GDLA prepares legislation about land and land policies for the country and is responsible for the implementation of the cadastral system including land register, cadastral mapping, cadastral documentation, land tenure certificate issuance, and land record system update. GDLA is the main counterpart in our project regarding our support for renewal of the Land Law and its decrees.


Activities focus on:

  • Providing advice on integrating land consolidation practice into law and regulations
  • Sharing expertise about land consolidation based on experience in the Netherlands
  • Reflect and advise on the role of land consolidation in the system of land use planning and land administration (e.g. land administration systems and tools for land consolidation)

Expertise will be shared in a couple of short dedicated missions for training, reviewing legislation and giving examples of land consolidation and the results for agricultural development in specific and rural development in general.

Duration of the project

2019 - 2020

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Land in Peace project in Colombia

Up to 60% of the rural population in Colombia does not have legal proof of ownership over their land. At the current pace it will take centuries to realise tender security for all. This project aims at speeding up the process by applying the Fit-for-Purpose methodology: the farmers themselves walk along the borders of their land with a GPS to demarcate their plot.

The role of the land register in the project

Three years ago, the armed conflicted ended between the Colombian government and the rebellion group FARC. The detriment on – mainly – the countryside of Colombia is immense. A good land administration is essential for building a civil state, because peasants without title are in vulnerable position, sensitive to become victim of land grabbing and not in the possibility to invest in their land or equipment, as only a land title gives access to bank credits.

Intended results

It is estimated that up to 60% of the rural population does not have legal proof of ownership over their land, which corresponds to roughly 10 million rural parcels. With our innovative, transparent and participatory Fit-for-Purpose methodology, rural land regularization can be speeded up considerably, fulfilling an important goal in the Colombian peace agreement: securing land rights and rural development.

Envisaged outcomes

  • Demonstrate alternative (rapid and effective) methods for land administration in pilot areas
  • Formulate a national rollout plan for rapid and effective land administration
  • A relevant contribution to improve the effectiveness of the cooperation
  • Development of capacity for the maintenance of the cadastre and registry at the municipal level

Results so far

We are doing pilots in various communities in three regions in the country. This has led to data collection and public inspections of several hundreds of parcels. The first 17 land titles were handed out by the Colombian Minister of Agriculture and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in November 2018. Beside from the technical tests, we are working on diplomatic scale to make political impact that could lead to methodology change in the current land administration policy. High level politicians and various Ministries have shown their great interest for the Land In Peace project.

Duration of the project


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Development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure in St. Lucia

Saint Lucia is exposed to a range of natural hazards, particularly weather-related phenomena such as hurricanes, winds, storm surges, and heavy rainfalls leading to wind damage, flooding and landslides.

In addition, climate change related impacts are expected including shifts in precipitation patterns, more intense storms, increased hurricane intensity and sea- level rise.

These unavoidable adverse natural events and consequences of global warming are coupled with the fact that the majority of the population and major economic activities are situated on, or near the coastline. 

The Government of Saint Lucia (GoSL) recognizes that geospatial data is an important asset that can be used for policy development and execution regarding natural disasters. As such it is an indispensable element of effective governance and decision-making.

It is in this light that GoSL has undertaken several initiatives, one of which is the Development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in St. Lucia. This is part of the overarching Disaster Vulnerability Reduction program (DVRP) funded by the World Bank. 
Together with colleagues from KU Leuven, Kadaster supports the Government of St. Lucia in the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.

The project consists of 3 components:

  1. Geospatial policy review and development: this component focuses on the legal review of existing national laws, policies and regulations in St. Lucia, somehow influencing the development of the NSDI. It also gives recommendations to support geospatial activities.
  2. Business analysis and change strategy development: technological and institutional analysis of the current state of NSDI components and capabilities in Saint Lucia, aiming towards the creation of a change strategy to implement NSDI in line with the goals and needs of GoSL.
  3. Change implementation support: support in the implementation of the proposed legal, technological and organizational changes, necessary for the development of the NSDI.

Both Kadaster and KU Leuven have extensive experience in developing spatial data infrastructures, both on the national and European (INSPIRE) level.


1-1-2019 – 31-12-2019

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