The way in which land rights are registered in the Netherlands is internationally renowned. Kadaster has extensive knowledge and skills regarding land registration, land consolidation and geographic information. We believe it is our social responsibility to apply them in countries that have need for them. If rights are registered, owners have legal security. A sound land registration is an instrument for economic development and improvement of living conditions.
Our international consultancy services are not part of our main tasks. They constitute so-called auxiliary activities. They are financed from funds provided by the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. The funds cover our costs.
The Netherlands is one of the first countries in the world to use fully automatic generalisation to produce topographical maps. Kadaster offers several kinds of support to National Mapping Organisations (NMOs) to start with automatic generalisation. Read more about Automatic generalisation.
Boosting the national land administration in Benin
Benin is a stable, French speaking country in Western Africa. Despite a new modern national law on land administration the progress of registered parcels was slow. Financed by the Dutch embassy in Benin, MDF Consultancy, VNG International and Kadaster are executing a project to set up the infrastructure for an efficient and affordable land administration. Next to the formal land titles an option is created to register presumed ownership. The procedure for this is lighter (Fit for Purpose), while such registrations do offer a sufficient level of legal security.
Together with the national cadastre (ANDF) the country profile of the Land Administration Domain Model was defined, as a foundation for the cadastral IT system to be developed. The LADM model allows both formal land titles and presumed ownership to be registered, as well as secondary rights.
The system will be used to collect land rights data in several municipalities. During the field data collection, special focus will be put on the rights of members of vulnerable groups, like women, youth and pastorals.
The objective of the project is to create an infrastructure of systems and procedures for the initial registration and updating processes. Some parts of the country will be registered. Reaching national coverage is part of follow up projects.
Read more on the website Project PMAF.
More about our projects on the page Projects.