Symposium Bringing networks and knowledge into practice

Join us online for the Symposium 'Bringing networks and knowledge into practice', organised in conjunction with the joint farewell of Christiaan Lemmen and Kees de Zeeuw, both leaving Kadaster after many years of service on 1st of September 2022.

During this 1-day event we will reflect on the value of the three key elements, networks, knowledge and practice. Since Kadaster International began its work, these elements have defined our approach to ensure that we are able to generate impact in a professional, responsible and efficient way.

Update: This symposium was held on September 1. Missed it?

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A variety of speakers from our international network will contribute to the symposium:

  • Opening by Frank Tierolff (Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency)

  • Knowledge:
    Introduction by Mathilde Molendijk, Kadaster
    Jaap Zevenbergen, Utwente, Faculty of ITC
    Eftychia Kalogianni, TU Delft
    Marisa Balas, University of Lissabon
    Martin Salzmann, Kadaster
  • Networks:
    Rudolf Staiger (FIG - International Federation of Surveyors)
    Victoria Stanley (The World Bank)
    Clarissa Augustinus
    Frits (Freerk) van der Wal (Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken)
  • Practice:
    Kholoud Saad (Esri)
    Amy Coughenour Betancourt (Cadasta Foundation)
    Claudia Stöcker (SmartLandMaps)
    Joop van Staalduinen (Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency)

Armenia digitizing archives

Armenia is moving towards a more transparent, secure, unified, and citizen-oriented cadastral system. A core activity of this transition, which is manifested in the 5-year reform plan of Cadastre Committee (CC), is the digitalisation of the cadastral archives in Armenia.

Digital cadastral archives will facilitate the creation of modern online, streamlined self-services, and a paperless environment for the CC. In addition, it will support land allocation, including qualitative and quantitative analysis, monitoring, land appropriation and the management of other types of property rights on land.

Anticipated results

Overall, the project uses a design approach consisting of 6 phases, each with a standalone and well-defined result: 

  1. Needs Assessment and inception report. This involves a detailed assessment by Kadaster of the existing archives, related documents, and the systems and processes used to manage them. The assessment includes an examination of legal, financial, organisational, technical, and capacity aspects.
  2. With support of Kadaster, the CC has developed a digitalisation strategy, incorporating the policy, legal, organisational, technical, and capacity constraints, requirements, and opportunities– outlining the design, form, and function of the new digital archive. 
  3. CC, with support of Kadaster, successfully developed a unified methodology towards a complete and digitized archive, including a completed and maintained end-to-end digitalisation platform, consisting of all materials archived, housed in a single building, accessible and available 24/7, secured, and integrated with other CC IT systems. The CC will finance the system.
  4. Integrate the new digital archive workflows into the regular CC working procedures, i.e. moving from the paper-based methods into the digital environment. 
  5. CC tools and materials to actively share the knowledge and skills needed to successfully implement the new system and workflows with the whole CC organisation (85 people), through train-the-trainers sessions. At least 8 people will be trained in these train-the-trainers sessions. CC, in cooperation with Kadaster, has a plan on how to monitor whether these trainings are indeed structurally being implemented, to ensure the impact of the project.
  6. A final report, presenting the results achieved during the project, recommendations for actions for the CC itself, and recommendations for further cooperation.


1 January 2020 – 31 October 2022

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Land tenure and sustainable economic empowerment in Colombia

Kadaster collaborates with ICCO Colombia and Tropenbos Colombia, two NGOs specialised in economic empowerment and responsible natural resources management. The project is part of the LAND-at-Scale programme of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities 

Although the number of people with customary rights is diminishing worldwide, the areas covered by customary rights are vast and often under lots of pressure from rising global demand for natural resources. This raises conflict and debate. Most indigenous groups have great difficulty in adjusting to a rapidly changing world. While technologies such as cell phones, internet and motorcycles create conditions for connecting with the wider world. Traditional economic practices, including fishing, hunting, and slash-and-burn agriculture, often do not provide sustainable incomes. Other economic opportunities are scarce, and many youngsters choose to escape the poverty trap by working in illegal coca production, or by joining guerrilla or narco gangs.

Post conflict areas need sustainable empowerment 

Indigenous, Afro-Colombian and peasant communities are amongst the most vulnerable groups in Colombia. In post-conflict areas where these communities are often located, a new equilibrium between power seeking groups is still to be established. The situation, especially in rural areas, is far from stable and government involvement remains low. It is precisely in these areas that we started  an integrated project linking land tenure, economic empowerment, and responsible natural resources management. 

Establish the reserve of the Arhuaco in Gunmaku in Colombia, for example

Gunmaku is not an official indigenous reserve. It is a large parcel that the Arhuaco bought from surrounding informal farmers. Until now, no map is available of the repurchased parcels. That spatial information is known by elderly community members, but not by the youngsters, nor by outsiders. 
The Minister of Agriculture, the National Land Agency and the governor of the Arhuaco community and Kadaster agreed last February 2022, to train the youngsters of Gunmaku to measure their own land. 
Watch the video - made by the youth of Gunmaku themselves on page: Gunmaku Colombia.

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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

Frank Tierolff - President of the Board of Directors of the Dutch Kadaster

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.

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In Rwanda “Easy access to land administration is key”

In Rwanda, Kadaster is supporting the National Land Authority (NLA) as part of the LAND-at-scale programme of the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Together with the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) from Italy, we aim for better integration of land administration, land use planning, and local justice. We asked two of our local counterparts at NLA about the importance of the project. 

A sustainable land administration system 

Esperance Mukamana, general director and chief registrar: “A sustainable Rwandan land administration system is important for different reasons: guaranteeing land rights, accessing land information and the growing land market. Citizens, investors and the government need to access land information easily and for different purposes. For example, for ensuring valid transactions, for counterchecking the authenticity of land titles, for valuation and taxation purposes, and for monitoring land use management. This linked information should be made available to both citizens and other government agencies, via system interoperability. Citizens should be able to easily access information on their mobile phone.” 

Citizens, investors and the government need to access land information easily and for
different purposes.

Esperance Mukamana - General director/chief registrar

Biggest challenge is maintenance 

“Rwanda wants to build on the transparency, accuracy and low cost of its existing land administration system”, says Grace Nishimwe, head of the land administration department. “After having implemented a successful land tenure regularisation system, the bigger challenge now is to maintain it. Citizens may be willing to use the system and to update landownership information, but if registering transactions is expensive, no one will use it. So in building a sustainable land administration system, we need to consider the capacity of citizens to use it. The cost should be accessible to every landowner, and services should be nearby. Long distances to access services will increase costs and discourage citizens from registering changes.” 


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Extending support for NSDI development in Saint 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 a program (DVRP) funded by the World Bank. 


Following up on the first NSDI development project in St. Lucia in 2019, concentrating on the legal and business analysis and reflected in a change implementation strategy, the World Bank has awarded the extension of this project to the consortium of Kadaster and KU Leuven. 

The focus this time is on assisting in the different NSDI implementation aspects. The 5 areas of implementation support are: 

  1. the organizational reform by operationalising a dedicated GIS or NSDI unit, including capacity building
  2. developing an IT architecture and – team
  3. making national datasets available on the geoportal, including metadata
  4. strong interaction with stakeholders and users by creating some show cases
  5. and finally drafting the NSDI policy for decision makers


1 February 2022 – 31 March 2023

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Tailormade land administration in Chad: "Respecting tradition and culture"

“This collaboration is about sharing experiences. The Netherlands is a small country with a dense population. Chad is a large country with a relatively low population density, but considerably more land conflicts. We can learn a lot from each other,” says Mahamat Abdoulaye Malloum (land governance expert, sociologist, historian, home grown Chadian, and PhD student at the University of Maroua in Cameroon). Together with Kadaster, he worked on the LAND-at-scale programme in Chad. How does he look back on this?

Era of transition

Malloum: “Chad is a country in transition: we are critically reflecting on the best way to manage our country. Land conflicts cause many problems in Chad. Every month we mourn a serious number of deaths. The biggest challenge right now is access to land for all. Despite the vast size of the country, land for agriculture, extensive grazing or housing is rare. Land rights for women and young people are poor. As a result, for example, they have no collateral to obtain a loan from a bank to start their own (agricultural) business.”

We must do this together, because it really is a matter of life and death.

Mahamat Abdoulaye Malloum - member project team Chad

Acting together

“Working with Kadaster teaches me more about Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration. This approach helps us develop a tailor-made land registration system for Chad. By respecting tradition and culture, we can improve our land registration. I hope all stakeholders in land management improve their skills to control land conflicts much better. We must do this together, as it is really a matter of life and death.”

Land rights for all: LAND-at-scale

Kadaster started a collaboration with 4 ministries involved in land registration and education in Chad. This is part of the LAND-at-scale programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aim is to make (formal) land rights more accessible to everyone. Together we create a strategy for a future system. This helps to reduce the costs, time and complexity of cadastral registration and maintenance processes.

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New Publication on Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration

The Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration (FFPLA) approach is gaining momentum and acceptance within the land professional community. It’s a game changer in achieving key aspects of the global agenda (the SDGs) towards greater social equity, leaving no one behind.

Conceptual innovations of FFPLA

26 open access articles on FFPLA have been published in a Special Issue of the scientific journal ‘Land’. The articles present a range of conceptual innovations of FFPLA and a number of good practice examples of implementation in countries such as Brazil, Colombia, the Caribbean, India, Nepal, Mozambique, Uganda, South Africa and Benin.

FFPLA approach works

These examples showcase new solutions to the building of affordable, pro-poor, scalable, and sustainable systems. They demonstrate how to identify and document the way all land is occupied and used. The Special Issue provides evidence that the FFPLA approach works.

Target Group

The books provide some very encouraging lessons learned, as well as exciting, innovative technologies to inspire land professionals to achieve the challenging objectives of the SDGs. Land professionals are decision makers in cadastral and land registration organisations, project leaders in initial data collection projects, surveyors, lawyers, conveyors, land information system designers – et cetera.

Download the free digital version

The articles have also been compiled into a two-volume book. Volume One deals with conceptual innovations while Volume Two is focused on country implementations. The digital versions of the articles and the books are freely accessible to everyone:

Picture 1. The covers of both books

This picture shows the cover of 2 books. On the left is Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration- Providing Secure Land Rights at Scale. Volume 1: Conceptual Innovations. On the right is Volume 2: Country Implementation.

Funding and publication

The funding of the publication costs for the articles included in this Special Issue, has kindly been provided by the School of Land Administration Studies, Faculty of ITC from the University of Twente, in combination with Kadaster International. Editors are the developers of the FFPLA methodology: Stig Enemark, Robin McLaren and Chrit Lemmen.

3D cadastre for Indonesia

The project ‘Improving modern land registration in Indonesia’ continues at pace.
Across November 2021, Kadaster and the Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency (ATR-BPN) conducted a webinar series on 3D cadastres.


The focus was on knowledge sharing and capacity development. Specific topics were:

  • 3D legal and policy issues
  • 3D data capture methodologies
  • 3D data modelling aspects

So far, over 250 participants joined the first webinar.

Guest speakers included Peter Van Oosterom (TU-Delft), Mila Koeva (ITC University of Twente), and Magdalena Grus (Kadaster innovation team).

Digital transformation and delivery of e-services

The focus of the webinars is in line with the project’s aims: digital transformation and delivery of e-services. Key is fostering interaction with government agencies, citizens, and other data custodians - those linked to spatial planning, BIM, and even the marine environment.

One Map initiative

Whilst no country currently maintains a truly fully 3D cadastre, Indonesia is seeking to lead global developments, following its One Map initiative to map all 126M land parcels by 2025.

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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). 

 Our 4 goals are:

  • strengthening the land administration business and systems
  • developing land use plans in rural areas
  • strengthening decision-making processes regarding land disputes
  • building academic capacity to support land administration

Duration of the project


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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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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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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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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.

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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