Global Geospatial Policy Developments: linking LA and DRM

Framework for Effective Land Administration and Strategic Framework for Geospatial Information Services for Disasters are both under development.

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was established by resolution in July 2011. For the first time it provides a nexus for globally policy development and advocacy for the creation, availability and application of geospatial information.  Importantly, UN-GGIM is dealing directly with both LA and DRM. The two areas are increasingly being linked at policy, organisational and even technical levels.


Two frameworks are under development:

  • The Framework for Effective Land Administration (FELA)
  • The Strategic Framework for Geospatial Information Services for Disasters (SFGISD)

SFGISD builds from the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), whilst FELA aggregates globally accepted land administration and management concepts from the FIG, FAO, UN-Habitat and World Bank – incorporating the concepts FFPLA and LADM.

Potential improvement collaboration LA and DRM

Both frameworks provide strategic insights on issues relating to governance, accountability, law and policy making, financing, partnerships, data needs and innovation, standards, awareness and capacity and education. Both frameworks are currently undergoing review and endorsement procedures throughout 2019 and 2020. Combined, they have the potential to improve collaboration and harmonization between LA and DRM at all levels and supporting the achievement of the SDGs.


This article was published in Abroad edition September 2019. Read the complete Abroad.
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