The impact of the COVID-19 virus on Kadaster International

The impact of the COVID-19 virus on all parts of the world is unprecedented. We know that each and every one of you is working hard to stay healthy, keep things going, help each other and do all the right things. For the team of Kadaster International, the situation has changed drastically as well.

All staff are now working from home, using the available technology to stay in contact with each other, and with our colleagues and partners worldwide. But as you understand, for the moment it is not possible to continue our activities in the same way as you’re used to. We are in close contact with all our project partners and professional networks to adapt to the situation as best as possible.

Still, our ambition to contribute to the 2030 agenda, and the sustainable development of land rights for all, remains our drive and professional compass - perhaps now even more than ever. Where possible, we will continue to provide advisory services from a distance and maintain the networks we are in. Also, we are using this time of crisis to contribute as much as possible to webinars, to develop MOOC’s, and to publish our knowledge and experiences in Fit for Purpose Land Administration and Geospatial Information Management.

This global crisis affects our lives and way of working today, but also in the future. Together we will overcome this crisis. We will continue to promote global cooperation, sustainable and fair land administration, and the effective use of geospatial information. Don’t hesitate to contact us for questions, cooperation or advice.

Development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure in St. Lucia

Saint Lucia is exposed to a range of natural hazards, particularly weather-related phenomena such as hurricanes, winds, storm surges, and heavy rainfalls leading to wind damage, flooding and landslides. In addition, climate change related impacts are expected including shifts in precipitation patterns, more intense storms, increased hurricane intensity and sea- level rise. These unavoidable adverse natural events and consequences of global warming are coupled with the fact that the majority of the population and major economic activities are situated on, or near the coastline.
The Government of Saint Lucia (GoSL) recognizes that geospatial data is an important asset that can be used for policy development and execution regarding natural disasters. As such it is an indispensable element of effective governance and decision-making. It is in this light that GoSL has undertaken several initiatives, one of which is the Development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in St. Lucia. This is part of the overarching Disaster Vulnerability Reduction program (DVRP) funded by the World Bank. 
Together with colleagues from KU Leuven, Kadaster supports the Government of St. Lucia in the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.
The project consists of 3 components:
  1. Geospatial policy review and development: this component focuses on the legal review of existing national laws, policies and regulations in St. Lucia, somehow influencing the development of the NSDI. It also gives recommendations to support geospatial activities.
  2. Business analysis and change strategy development: technological and institutional analysis of the current state of NSDI components and capabilities in Saint Lucia, aiming towards the creation of a change strategy to implement NSDI in line with the goals and needs of GoSL.
  3. Change implementation support: support in the implementation of the proposed legal, technological and organizational changes, necessary for the development of the NSDI.

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


1-1-2019 – 31-12-2019

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Women’s land rights: Small initiatives have huge impact

Sunday 8 March is International Women’s Day. Eva-Maria Unger is geodetic engineer and works for Kadaster International on women’s land rights. “I see it as an opportunity and privilege to be a woman’s voice to the land administration domain and hence in the recognition and documentation of land rights for women.”

When women control the land

On average, 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries consist of women. Yet women rarely own or control land or enjoy tenure security. The land they own is generally smaller and less productive than land owned by men. Although research shows that families are better fed, better educated and healthier when women control the land.

Making an impact at local and global level

Eva-Maria enjoys to combine field work with the development of global policies: “Giving training on land inclusiveness in remote, mountainous areas in Nepal or encouraging equal land rights in the jungle of Sumatra. And then ensuring that these experiences and insights support decision makers and get integrated into global policy development. That’s what I love about my job.”

The importance of land in people’s lives

“In Nepal, I realised how people’s daily concerns are closely related to the land. For many of them, agriculture is their only source of income. This is their way of life and how they for example secure their children’s education. Without land ownership, communities have no security at all and this keeps them, especially women, vulnerable and traps them in a cycle of poverty.”

Increasing participation

“As female engineers we can bring a different perspective and thus innovation to areas like land administration. For example, I aim to increase women’s participation in our project activities. Some women are hesitant, or even not allowed, to talk to my male colleagues and more easily open up to me. We also involve women surveyors, schedule meetings in the evening (after children’s bedtime), take gender into account while collecting data and think about the language we use. All these measures increase participation of women and hence improve project results and support the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.”

Be the change

“Kadaster, with women and men in the board, enforces the “gender equality matters” message. It’s up to every one of us to live equality and equity on a daily base.”

Colombian mayors learn about Fit-for-Purpose land administration

At the meeting for new mayors and governors in Colombia the Kadaster International team presented the Land in Peace project and introduced the Fit-for-Purpose approach.

At the end of 2019, elections took place in Colombia and 1100 new mayors were elected. The ESAP academic institute (Escuela Superior de Administración Pública) organised a meeting for the new mayors. At this meeting, the Kadaster International team in Colombia presented the Land in Peace project and introduced the new mayors and 35 new governors to the Fit-for-Purpose approach by showing them the Youtube video Land in Peace project in Colombia.

Municipalities interested in transparent, fast and participatory approach 

During the first three months of their term, the mayors and governors are requested to submit a municipal development plan that also includes cadastral policy. Several municipalities have already requested more information about Land in Peace and it is expected that more mayors will be interested to further learn about this transparent, fast and participatory approach to land administration.

Land in Peace project

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. The Land in Peace project aims at speeding up the process by applying the Fit-for-Purpose method: the farmers themselves walk along the borders of their land with a GPS to demarcate their plot.

More information

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Towards a digitised citizen-oriented Armenian cadastre

Armenia is moving towards a more transparent, secure, unified and citizen-oriented cadastral system. To achieve this, digitising cadastral archives is essential. Digital availability of cadastral information will enable better management of lands, documented rights and tenure security for all Armenians. The Cadastre Committee (CC) has requested Kadaster for support.

Modern and broad service

In Armenia there is currently no unified approach to archive cadastral and land registry records. The integrated cadastre on real estate has little ability to support management and assessment of lands and real estate, and the registration of the natural, economic and legal status of those lands. The CC plans to reform by introducing an advanced self-service and paperless system, based on electronic registration and information processes. This digital system will be one of the pillars of the new real estate cadastre. Digitisation will have a positive influence on the functioning of the Armenian Government and the private sector. Databases for e-Governance will serve as a foundation for a modern and broader service provision of the Government of Armenia, which in turn will have a positive effect on corruption reduction and Government accountability.

Dutch support

CC has asked the Netherlands, and specifically Kadaster, for support with digitisation of its archives. The project is supported by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). In October 2019, Kadaster and CC experts exchanged experiences during a TAIEX expert mission in Yerevan. The interactive meetings gave valuable insights in the current situation and also demonstrated the strong ambition and willingness of CC staff to digitise the complete archives.

Project start

In the coming years Kadaster will support CC with the digitisation strategy and implementation. The project starts with detailed assessment of both the existing archives and related documents, as well as the systems and processes used to manage them. Also the experts of CC will have the opportunity to visit the Netherlands. 


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Renewal of cadastral legislation for Curaçao

The Curaçao cadastre is planning a renewal of cadastral legislation by merging and updating existing legislation into a single Cadastre Act.

Legal fragmentation hampers practical and judicial operations

On 10-10-10 Curaçao became a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Since then, the cadastre of Curaçao has operated as an independent foundation. Current legislation is fragmented due to multiple laws and regulations, some dating as far back as 1868. This legal fragmentation sometimes hampers practical and judicial operations

Kadaster assists

Our Curaçao counterpart asked Kadaster to assist in drawing and renewing the new cadastral legislation. In January, we visited our colleagues in Curaçao to investigate what is needed. In addition to legislative renewal, the cadastre of Curaçao wants to invest the distribution of geographic information, including a digital dataset incorporating buildings and addresses. In the future, both datasets will be part of a national spatial data infrastructure for Curaçao.


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LADM and Gender

The 8th Workshop on the Land Administration Domain, LADM2019, recently took place in Malaysia. The focus was on the development of Edition II of the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM).

Women’s rights are overlooked

In previous workshops, it was observed that the current version does not accommodate women’s land and use rights in an inclusive and adequate way. Overlapping or secondary land use rights are often lost through formal land registration. As a consequence, women’s rights are overlooked when registered. Without these rights being recorded and registered, many women’s livelihoods cannot prosper accordingly.

Gender attributes should reflect various relationships to land

It was concluded that LADM functionalities should be altered to document both primary and secondary land rights. Furthermore, the required gender attributes should not be limited to women, but should reflect and acknowledge various relationships to land.

Land Administration Domain Model

LADM is available since 1 December 2012. It covers basic information-related components of land administration including those over land, in water, below the surface and above the ground.


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Continuation of cooperation on the Western Balkans

Since 2017, Kadaster has been supporting its colleagues in the Western Balkan region. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs approved the proposal to continue with the SPATIAL project in the Balkan region in the coming three years.

Strengthen Professional Access To Information About Land

The follow-up project aims to further Strengthen Professional Access To Information About Land (SPATIAL II) in the Western Balkan region. In total eight National Mapping and Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities (NMCAs) from six countries are involved: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia.

Focus on bilateral technical assistance

The project focuses on bilateral technical assistance for each of the NMCAs, as well as on regional activities, such as regional workshops and study visits. This will support strengthening the role of the NMCAs towards becoming more reliable, inclusive and democratic government bodies. The project started with a workshop in February on the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF). The IGIF will serve as overall guidance for both the bilateral and regional support.


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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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Land in Peace project in Colombia

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

The role of the land register in the project

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

Intended results

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

Envisaged outcomes

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

Results so far

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

Duration of the project


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Unlocking land potential Vietnam

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

Improving legislation and land information system for land consolidation

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


Activities focus on:

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

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

Duration of the project

2019 - 2020

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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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Land Administration Institutional Development Programme Benin

In Benin land governance is organised around the 2013 comprehensive land law (Code Foncier et Domanial), which has replaced all earlier land legislation. The Agence National du Domain et Foncier (ANDF), the government agency responsible for land administration, is a relatively new organisation, founded in 2016. To be able to benefit from the experiences in the Netherlands, ANDF formed a partnership with Kadaster International.

Optimising work processes and national coverage of land administration

As colleague and partner, Kadaster International together with MDF and VNG assists ANDF with the optimisation of their work processes and the execution of a “fit for purpose” approach for achieving national coverage of the land administration. A huge task because at this moment there are only a few parcels formally registered (60.000 of the estimated 5 million parcels) and there is a lot of political pressure put on ANDF to show results. To speed up the process the Dutch Embassy in Benin supplies funds that enables a consortium of three parties (MDF Training and Consultancy, VNG International and Kadaster International) to execute a four year project for capacity building of ANDF: 'le Projet pour la Modernisation de l’Administration Foncière (PMAF)'. 

In 2017 only a few parcels were formally registered (60.000 of the estimated 5 million parcels) and there is a lot of political pressure put on ANDF to show results.

The challenge in Benin is collecting the land data by using data that is already available from other parties and filling the national land register. Key in our cooperation is that collecting the data should be affordable, quick to collect and the quality of the data should be good enough to fit the purpose.

Intended results

Four outcomes of our support have been defined:

  • The national cadastre is available, functional and sustainable in order to contribute effectively to the land security of a growing number of people
  • ANDF implements the national land policy, in accordance with the obligations defined in the Land Law (Code Foncier et Domanial)  respecting the conditions of land security and in a financially sustainable manner
  • All parties in the mapping, legal and judicial chains are aware of their roles and responsibilities and assume them effectively and correctly in collaboration with other parties in the chain
  • Increased opportunities for civil society and other interest groups to advocate for improved legislation, policies and implementation of policies to protect access and land ownership rights for socially and/or economically disadvantaged groups

Duration of the project

2018 - 2022

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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 assisance 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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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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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.

The 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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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.

Maintenance of large quantity 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. 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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Participate in Open Study Visits

Want to experience a new opportunity for professionals involved in Land Administration? And strengthen your Institutional capacity by exchange of knowledge and experience in an international setting? Come visit our Open Study Visits in the Netherlands in 2020.

Professionals from different countries participate in a dedicated 4-days programme in which national and international aspects of Kadaster will be shared. A great opportunity to exchange information with our experts and those from other international organisations. 

The three opportunities in 2020 to join a study visit: 

  • March 23 – 26 (4 days)
  • May 15 - 20 (4 days, following on FIG2020 in Amsterdam)
  • October 26 – 29 (4 days)

The study visits take place in the offices of Kadaster in Amsterdam and Apeldoorn. The maximum number of participants is 16; the main language is English. 

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Smart use of space

Do you ever consider the term 'space'? Space is everywhere, but it isn't infinite. This means we must use our space wisely. The way it's organised and the agreements involved. Everything must be in their rightful place. And the rights regarding every square centimetre are clear. That is our everyday role. We are involved in everything on and beneath the ground and register an infinite amount of geo-data regarding real estate and space.


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NGOs and private sector involved in land registration Indonesia

According to the National Agrarian Reform Program every plot of land in Indonesia must be certified and registered by 2025. However, using the standard land registration methodology, this target will not be reached. Can NGOs and the private sector play a role? Together with Meridia, JKPP and the University of Gadjah Mada, Kadaster examined the options.

Alternative land registration approach

An alternative land registration approach was investigated during the PaLaR project. PaLaR, meaning Participatory Land Registration, was tested in two pilot areas on Java and Sumatra. The assumption was that three out of four main steps in the land registration chain could be executed by NGO’s and private sector instead of the Local Land Office themselves: mobilisation of the local communities, collecting documentation (evidence) and collecting data of the boundaries. Doing so, the Local Land Offices only need to focus on the fourth step: quality control of the data and certification of the plot. This saves them a lot of time. Using alternative techniques to capture administrative and spatial data makes the registration process more affordable.

Participatory Land Registration

To verify whether PaLaR can be a solution to accelerate land registration, University of Gadjah Mada and Kadaster compared the method with the standard land registration methodology in Indonesia. The pilot demonstrated that PaLaR is compliant with the land registration system in Indonesia, suits local circumstances and delivers the completeness and legal data quality well. This was the first time that officers of ATR/BPN (Local Land Offices of the National Agrarian Agency) successfully joined forces with NGOs and the private sector in their work to register individual land parcels. The PaLaR pilot indicated a time efficiency that is useful to accelerate land parcel registration and the pilot provided a good showcase for cheaper land registration in rural areas in Indonesia. 


This article was published in Abroad edition December 2019.
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