SPATIAL project for the Western Balkan region
The countries involved have the ambition to improve the access and harmonisation of geospatial information. They expressed the need for efficient policy and decision making processes with reliable authoritative geospatial information. Society in general will benefit from the transparent access to information. This contributes to a stable and sustainable relation between the citizens and the government.
The Project is part of the MATRA programme run by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Within the programme the Netherlands supports countries of Southeast Europe with their EU accession prospects.
Detailed workplans defined for Macedonia and Serbia
In Macedonia, Kadaster works together with the Agency for Real Estate Cadastre (AREC) on the following topics:
• Increase the number of spatial datasets and usage of the national geoportal in Macedonia
• Support the implementation of the Address Register
• Develop new workflows to update and automise the production of the topographic map
• Increase professional use of geospatial information for property transaction and valuation
In Serbia, Kadaster works together with the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA) on the following topics:
• Updating of the Framework on NSDI for Serbia at technical, legal, institutional and financial level
• Increase capacity for conducting spatial and statistical data analysis and to develop models for mass valuation of property
• Increase understanding of Key Registries
• Increase understanding of the Open Data concept
• Strengthen institutional and organisational capacity on the role as service provider
• Increase understanding on the concepts of 3D Cadastre
In March a detailed work plan for AREC and RGA was delivered and presented. The first activities will take place in April and May of this year.
SPATIAL for the region
The regional component starts in April. The director generals from the National Mapping and Cadastre Agencies from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia will visit the Netherlands.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSC 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
Contributing to land rights for peace in Colombia
Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Koenders visited one of the FARC demobilisation zones in Meta in Colombia on Friday March 3. He expressed the continuous support of the Dutch Government to the peace process. Securing land rights is among the top priorities of the Colombian Government. Kadaster is honoured to contribute and provide expertise.
The Dutch-Colombian collaboration will focus on fast and effective land administration for the implementation of the peace agreements. It involves the process of handing out titles to landowners who live in areas where the Government has been absent for decades because of the internal war. Speeding up this process is essential to maintain public confidence in the peace process.
Memorandum of Understanding with the National Land Agency
Last December, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Colombian National Land Agency (Agencia Nacional de Tierras), the Dutch Government and Kadaster. The first action is implementing a participatory ‘Fit-For-Purpose’ methodology in a municipality in the department of Meta, together with all agencies involved and the local population. Fit-For-Purpose means registering land in a fast and affordable way, producing results that fit the purpose and quality needed. The pilots will deliver land titles for farmers as an important condition for development of rural areas affected by the armed conflict.
The farmers themselves do much of the work: with a special app on smartphones they walk along the borders of their land to demarcate their plot. These demarcations will be shown on a digital map. When farmers of the community mutually agree on the map they have made (and there are no conflicts), this can be formalised and titles will be awarded. If there are conflicts, these conflicts will be mapped to know exactly where they are situated, as a basis for efficient conflict resolution.
European Trust fund and Dutch co-financing
The pilots are executed in the context of the programme ‘Strengthening of integrated intervention mechanisms in marginalised rural territories in Colombia’, the first programme financed by the EU trust Fund. The Dutch Government co-finances the work of Kadaster in Colombia.
Macedonia and the Netherlands sign agreement for cooperation
On February 26th the Macedonian Agency for Real Estate and Cadastre (AREC) and the Dutch Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) signed a cooperation agreement to work on improvement on land administration.
Strengthening institutional and organisational capacity
The two institutions have been collaborating for over 10 years in multiple projects on different topics. The renewal of the cooperation agreement aims at strengthening the institutional and organisational capacity. The focus will be on the exchange of best practices in innovative areas like 3D Cadastre, automatic generalisation of topographic maps and the operational implementation of the national geoportal. On a strategic level, AREC and Kadaster will also discuss how to best address the opportunities and challenges of both organisations.
AREC and Kadaster perform similar responsibilities for the development and maintenance of efficient land administration, including the responsibilities for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. Both organisations recognise the need to provide reliable land information services to society for the development of Macedonia.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Skopje, Macedonia, encourages the cooperation between the two organisations.
Important step for professional reliable spatial data in Macedonia
Last week the first project under the cooperation agreement between the Macedonian Agency for Real Estate Cadastre (AREC) and Kadaster was completed. In the past 5 months colleagues from Macedonia and the Netherlands worked together to draft a new strategy for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure for Macedonia.
Meeting the needs of private and public sector and citizens
According to the director of AREC, Slavce Trpeski, the updated strategy will facilitate access, sharing, use and distribution of standardized spatial data and services in an efficient, effective and coordinated manner. “The aim is to meet the needs of private and public sector and citizens, thereby contributing to economic growth and sustainable development of the country.”
Recommendations for production of topographical maps
Also a strategy report written by AREC and Kadaster was delivered with recommendations to improve the production procedures of the topographic map. The strategy report is based on the lessons learned after a visit to Kadaster in October and the input from users during a workshop in Macedonia in November. In the workshop participants could explore different tools and technologies to update and automate the production of the topographical map.
In February 2016 AREC and Kadaster signed a cooperation agreement to work on improvement on land administration. This first project was launched with support of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). More about the cooperation agreement
Can you solve our spatial problems? Play Move a lot!
Kadaster has launched the game Move a Lot. Move a Lot is a puzzle game in which you re-parcel land within a certain time, solving spatial problems.
The central question of Move a Lot is: How do we best manage the little space we have in the Netherlands? While playing through the game you will encounter a wide range of topics such as: agriculture, infrastructure, real estate, water, energy and nature.
The strength of area development
The game is part of our program ‘The strength of area development’. This year we look at the fact that we have been playing a role in improving land use for a 100 years. We use this as an opportunity to engage our partners in talks about the future of land development. We also want to show how the Netherlands is developing spatially and raise awareness.
You can download Move a Lot in the Apple app store and Google Play store.
Symposium reveals power of land consolidation for sustainable development
Over 200 people from 52 countries participated in this three-day event in Apeldoorn, hometown of Kadaster.
The symposium was organised by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, Landnet and the International Federation of Surveyors and Kadaster, with support from the Global Land Tool Network/UN Habitat and the World Bank.
Contribution to Sustainable Development Goals
In several parallel sessions and workshops from the World Bank and GLTN, experts from all over the world present their state of the art practices and findings in both rural and urban settings. This global perspective contributed to a fruitful exchange of knowledge and ideas on how land consolidation and readjustment can contribute among others to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. For instance, regarding global issues such as urbanisation and climate change.
Both land consolidation and land readjustment are essentially about the exchange of land rights among land owners and land users. These instruments have been adapted according to the context – which may be economic, social, environmental, or a combination. The potential within this field of expertise to design sustainable and resilient landscapes is enormous. However, the instruments are not always familiar to politicians and other stakeholders. Professor Rachelle Alterman (Technion, Israel) referred to land consolidation and land readjustment as the ‘sleeping beauty’ among the spatial planning instruments; well-appointed but sometimes little used.
100 years of Dutch expertise
In the Netherlands, the first land consolidation project was executed 100 years ago. A milestone to celebrate. At that time land consolidation focused on a single purpose, namely to improve agriculture by counteracting land fragmentation. Today’s practice of land consolidation focuses on a comprehensive, multi-purpose approach for a sustainable development.
The symposium was concluded with a statement of the participants: the ‘Apeldoorn declaration on land consolidation and land readjustment’. No one-size-fits-all-solutions to land consolidation and land readjustment exist. The application should be adapted to the situational context, following a participatory and inclusive approach. Furthermore, we acknowledge that a comprehensive approach in land consolidation and land readjustment favours a sustainable development in the way that it benefits the people, planet and economic profit.
Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesian cadastre
On 23rd November, Kees de Zeeuw, director of Kadaster International and Gabriel Triwibawa, Director Planning and Cooperation of the Indonesian Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning (ATR/BPN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU is the start of a cooperation between the two agencies with the ultimate aim to speed up land registration in Indonesia.
The Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning in Indonesia has set the target to complete land registration for the whole country by 2025. Currently, only 35% of the country is covered. In the coming period, several methods will be investigating Fit-For-Purpose methods on how to reach this target. For instance, by simplifying the standards for surveying, making it more easy and less expensive, and by using crowdsourcing to collect data.
The signing was part of the programme of the economic mission of the Dutch prime minister Rutte, ministers Ploumen and Schultz van Haegen and Secretary-General Dijksma in Indonesia this week.
Kadaster partner in geo-trade mission to Surinam
Five Dutch companies from the geo sector; Nazca IT, VGI Support, Geospotter, Geometius and Royal HaskoningDHV, participated in the mission. With support from the Dutch Embassy in Paramaribo and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) the opportunities for cooperation and trade in the geo-sector in Surinam have been explored. And with success.
The purpose of the mission was to give Dutch businesses access to the network and relationships that Kadaster and GeoBusiness Netherlands have in Surinam. This way, aid and trade go hand in hand, which fits very well within the current international policy of the Netherlands.
Kees de Zeeuw (Kadaster) and Camille van der Harten (GeoBusiness Netherlands) accompanied the mission that took place during the Surinamese ICT week. The mission was organised in close cooperation with the ICT association of Surinam and the local counterpart of Kadaster, MI GLIS.
The participants were enthusiastic about the possible business opportunities that the mission initiated. From Surinamese side there was much appreciation for the knowledge, services and products that were brought in by the Dutch delegation. A possible follow-up action is to jointly establish a 'living lab' in Surinam.To conclude, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between GeoBusiness Netherlands and the ICT Association of Surinam. This event took place at the residence of the Dutch ambassador in Paramaribo.
One step in the right direction with global land rights
About 70% of the world population has no registered land rights. The Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) shares knowledge and expertise globally, in order to contribute to improving this situation. We also try to persuade the right networks and organizations to put land right for all high on the agenda and to take action.
Backed by the 'Sustainable Development Goals' * of the United Nations, the importance of registrations and land registries are carried out worldwide. This spring, two new international initiatives have been launched which will hopefully ensure a step forward bringing global awareness: Cooperation with trade and industry and a permanent committee at the UN. Kadaster inserted a lot of energy to get this done.
Cooperation with trade and industry
During the recent Land and Poverty Conference at the Worldbank, Kadaster together with the FIG and UN-Habitat organised a workshop for and with the OGC. The OGC is the Open Geo Consortium where (large) international companies make agreements on geo-standards and cooperation. Many billions of parcels should be registered in the world. Without this international trade and industry, (represented by OGC) this is not achievable. In Washington it has been agreed that this year some first demonstration projects will be set, to show that rapid progress can be made. Think for example of companies like Google, ESRI and Microsoft to get going with this theme.
Permanent committee at the UN
Also within the United Nations progress is made. It is expected that this month, the trial of UN GGIM (Global Geospatial Information Management) will be converted into a permanent committee of the UN. On behalf of the Netherlands, Dorine Burmanje, Chair Executive Board of Kadaster, is Vice-President of the European representation in this committee. Late April a so-called Expert Group of UN GGIM with the theme ‘Land Administration and Management’ will be launched. Kees de Zeeuw, Director of Kadaster International, is chairman of this Expert Group, supported by a vice-chairman from Lesotho.
* The Sustainable Development Goals describe the 17 main objectives for 2030, which subscribe to all countries of the world. View this document once, and think of what you can personally contribute to a more sustainable world in which people, profit, planet and peace and partnership are central aims.
FIG Working Week 2020 comes to Amsterdam
The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) voted in Christchurch, New Zealand, for the location of the Working Week 2020. After a presentation of the Dutch delegation (GIN, Society for Geo-information; Kadaster, ITC, Twente University and GIM International) Amsterdam was chosen over Interlaken (Switzerland).
FIG Working Week is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to share innovative science with policymakers and stakeholders. Scientists, policy- and decision-makers, students, and stakeholders are invited to join the discussions on issues affecting the international surveying and spatial community today and in the future.
The proposed theme of the Working Week in 2020 is ‘Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management’. About 1,500 participants are expected from around the world at the RAI in Amsterdam to discuss the state of play on the theme. The necessary skills for the future are examined, so that knowledge and expertise are up to date.
Invitation to Land Consolidation Symposium (NL)
FIG, FAO, Kadaster and LANDNET are organising a symposium in the Netherlands from 9 to 11 November 2016. It addresses the role of land consolidation and land readjustment in global challenges such as food security, urbanisation and sustainable development. This event is a unique opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with fellow scientists and practitioners working on land consolidation and land readjustment from all over the world. The organising institutions cordially invite you to join!
Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration - Guiding Principles for Country Implementation
We are pleased to share with you a new publication, Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration - Guiding Principles for Country Implementation, published by UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and Kadaster.
This publication is primarily designed to allow a range of stakeholders in developing countries to understand the overall Fit-For-Purpose approach to land administration and to recognise the benefits of adopting this approach.
The idea behind ‘Fit for purpose’ is that land administration should be designed to meet the needs of people and the environment. It also should identify the way land is occupied and used within a relatively short time and at relatively low costs. Authors of the Guide are Stig Enemark, Robin McLaren and Christiaan Lemmen.