LAND partnership concludes, Land-at-Scale commences

Land-at-Scale is the follow-up project from LAND which was finalised early 2020. This new programme has a focus on scaling-up land sector initiatives and networks.

In early 2020, the highly successful LAND partnership was finalised. It was a partnership between Kadaster and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs that focused on igniting Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration. The wrap-up followed four years and 30 short-term engagements completed across multiple country contexts.

The aim of LAND

The aim of this partnership was to improve legal certainty, stimulate economic development, fight poverty, contribute to post-conflict/post-disaster recovery, contribute to gender equality and help prevent (environmental) criminality. Attached you will find the LAND programme summary.

Land-at-Scale programme

Building from the momentum and awareness surrounding the LAND partnership, the Land-at-Scale programme is now defined and initiated by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, executed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The new programme has a focus on scaling-up land sector initiatives and networks. In 2019 Kadaster signed a framework contract with RVO in order to give a substantial contribution to this programme.

Land-at-Scale programme

Building from the momentum and awareness surrounding the LAND partnership, the Land-at-Scale programme is now defined and initiated by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, executed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The new programme has a focus on scaling-up land sector initiatives and networks. In 2019 Kadaster signed a framework contract with RVO in order to give a substantial contribution to this programme.

Delivery of land titles in post-conflict area in Colombia

On August 10, 20 land titles were awarded to residents of the Colombian municipality of Cumaribo, in a remote region hard hit by the armed conflict. More land titles will follow soon.

A total of 290 families will receive their property title and legal certainty. This is part of the project 'Land in Peace'. The Dutch embassy and Kadaster are working together with the Colombian authorities on fast and affordable registration of land ownership. 

"A title to your own house and plot is vital for the residents of our place"

Argenis Romero is one of the 14 women who received her title: “A title to your own house and plot is vital for the residents of our place. Hopefully this is the prelude to land titles for all our residents. God bless you!"

Fast and participative land registration

On April 28, an important agreement was signed between the Colombian Land Registry (IGAC), the Dutch Embassy in Bogotá and the Netherlands’ Kadaster. The agreement contributes to the development of a fast, transparent and multifunctional land registry in Colombia. With the Dutch Fit-for-Purpose method, the local population does most of the work themselves. Because of this, they have confidence in the data collected, they agree with the boundaries of their lots and their neighbors, and ownership of the land can be formalized. This provides families with legal certainty about their previously informal property.

Dutch ambassador Jeroen Roodenburg on the importance of the land titles:

“For the Dutch government, the issue of land administration is the key to better rural development in Colombia. Our question was, how can we contribute to make it more efficient, safer and more affordable, especially for low-income Colombians? The residents of rural areas, including farmers and ethnic communities, need legal security of their properties to have easier access to, for example, credit, agricultural insurance or other tools to invest in productive projects. ”

More about the Land in Peace project

Within the framework of the Colombian-Dutch project 'Tierra en Paz' (Land in Peace), successful pilots have now been carried out in three regions with 'Fit for Purpose' and property titles are ready.

Read more about the Land in Peace project in Colombia

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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FIG Working Week 2021 - save the date

FIG Working Week 2021 the Netherlands welcomes you! 

FIG and the Dutch Local Organizing Committee are happy to welcoming you in the Netherlands for the FIG Working Week 2021. 

Save the date: June 21 - June 25, 2021

The Working Week will take place at the Jaarbeurs in the historical town of Utrecht in the central part of the Netherlands.

FIG Working Week is a conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to discuss key challenges of our time within the surveying profession with fellow peers.

 

More information about Working week 2021

More information can be found on FIG.net.

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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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 islands'owners, notaries, brokers and banks

This act is expected to bring about a more uniform way of working and registration, which will benefit the islands’ owners, notaries, brokers and banks. But above all, it will provide more continuity. 
"We want to continue and further develop the islands’ 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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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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Website NCA Twinning project - Study visit to Kadaster

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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.

Serbia

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.

Important agreement with Colombian cadastre

An important agreement was signed on the 28th of April in Colombia: a Memorandum of Understanding between the Colombian rural cadastre, the Dutch embassy in Bogotá and Kadaster. The signing contributes to the development of a rapid, transparent and multipurpose cadastre in Colombia.

The Memorandum of Understanding with IGAC (Instituto Geográfico Agustín Codazzi) is an agreement on achieving land registration with fast, affordable, transparent and participatory methods.

Kadaster cooperates with IGAC in one of the most remote regions of the country: Cumaribo. A municipality 1.5 times bigger than the Netherlands, with a predominantly indigenous population of 30,000 people. The region is heavily affected by the armed conflict.

Virtual signing 

The signing took place virtual - due to the lock down situation in Colombia - by the Dutch Ambassador Jeroen Roodenburg, the director of IGAC Olga Lucía López and Chair of the Executive Board of Kadaster Frank Tierolff. Frank Tierolff: "Cadastral information is key in the Peace Process since it is of great importance for rural development and land security. I am very proud that after a fruitful collaboration between IGAC, Kadaster and the Netherlands embassy, we can now formalize our friendship and mutual dedication for our profession, in this Memorandum.”

Importance of rural land reform

Kadaster plays a significant role in Colombian land reforms, thanks to the Land in Peace project that has been running here since several years. After the Colombian peace accords in 2016 ended a long during armed conflict, rural land reform became the principal point of the peace agreement. Therefore, it is crucial to get a land-covering register of the entire country. 

Only a small part of land is formalized

Currently, only a small part of Colombian land is formalized. Cadastral maps are outdated or incorrect, or they simply lack - especially in post conflict areas. At the current pace it will take centuries to realise tender security for all. The Netherlands help Colombians land tenure with Kadaster’ expertise on Fit-for-Purpose land administration. 

More about Land in Peace project

This is not the first time Kadaster signed a MoU in Columbia. Previously Kadaster already signed a MoU in Colombia with the National Register of Property (SNR), the Land Agency (ANT) and the Universidad Distrital in Bogotá.  

Read more about the Land in Peace project in Colombia.

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.”

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 

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

2017-2020

More info and contact

For more information about the project visit the website Land in peace
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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.

Duration

1-1-2019 – 31-12-2019

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Framework for Effective Land Administration adopted by UN-GGIM

A significant milestone has been achieved for land administration, land administration professionals and the many people experiencing land tenure insecurity. The Framework for Effective Land Administration (FELA), has been adopted by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).

FELA is a document that brings together global expertise and experience in land administration. The core of FELA is built around the Sustainable Development Goals and its 5Ps (People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership). This demands effective land administration, realised through integrated geospatial information for land policies, land tenure, land value, land use, and land development. 

A global reference

FELA is a framework, not a new standard, method, guideline or approach. It is intended as a global reference to existing work, like for example the Voluntary Guidelines (VGGTs), the Fit for Purpose Land Administration (FFP-LA) approach, or the ISO 19152 standard LADM.

Next steps

Adoption of FELA by the UN-GGIM is just a starting point. There is still a lot of work to be done: communications, educational campaigns and translation of FELA into other languages beyond English. Kadaster will continue its contributions to UN-GGIM in order to leverage the potential of FELA.

Our contribution

Kadaster was involved in this achievement through the Expert Group on Land Administration and Management, comprising over thirty international member states and professional bodies. Especially the processing of the professional and global consultations required the work and commitment of our staff.

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