A tangible contribution to global geospatial information management
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.
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
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”.
If you want more information about the MoU please fill in the contact form.
How land rights contribute to human rights
Human rights day
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Now, 72 years later, the pursuit for universal human rights still demands our attention.
Right of access to land
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living high enough for the health and well-being of himself or her family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care, and necessary social services ...". In order to have food and housing, you must have access to land.
The value of ownership
Ownership can be registered by law. This makes a property right a legal right recognised by the state. Registered ownership means that you can dispose or transfer land - but also that others cannot take your land. This gives you legal protection and increases prosperity and well-being. Many people do not have a registered, and therefore legal, right of ownership.
Land rights for all
Land rights for women, poor people, and children are not self-evident everywhere. Quite often, children lose their rights when the parents are no longer there. Kadaster helps in many countries with the registration of land and property under the motto "land rights for all". For men ánd women, for rich ánd poor, for young ánd old.
People, nature and well-being
The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations are in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and require proper land registration and information provision with a balance between people, nature and welfare. Having an overview of property and usage rights is essential in government decision-making, for example in spatial planning or nature conservation.
Building community trust in Beira
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.
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.
Framework for Effective Land Administration adopted by UN-GGIM
A global reference
Extending cadastral tasks to the Caribbean Netherlands
Land registration modernisation
Further improve services and business operations
Benefit the islands'owners, notaries, brokers and banks
Land Administration Institutional Development Programme Benin
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.
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
More info and contact
If you want more information about the project or if you want to contact us, please fill in the contact form.Read more on the website Project PMAF.
Continuation of cooperation on the Western Balkans
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 8 National Mapping and Cadastre and Land Registry Authorities (NMCA's) from 6 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 NMCA's, as well as on regional activities, such as regional workshops and study visits. This will support strengthening the role of the NMCA's 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.
This article is published in Abroad edition March 2020.
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Delivery of land titles in post-conflict area in Colombia
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 neighbours, 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
LAND partnership concludes, Land-at-Scale commences
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.
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.
FIG Working Week 2021 - save the date
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 can be found on FIG.net.
Important agreement with Colombian cadastre
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.
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.
Implementation of the national GESTERRA programme in Mozambique
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.
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
More info and contact
If you want more information about the project or if you want to contact us, please fill in the contact form.
Strengthening Professional Access To Information About Land
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.
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
More info and contact
If you want more information about the project or if you want to contact us, please fill in the contact form.
Impact of COVID-19 on land administration sector
A lot of people have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – perhaps directly through their own health or the health of those they know, or more indirectly through loss of work or income. And let us not forget the various lockdowns. What does this all mean for the land administration sector?
Interesting article on GIM International
Members of Kadaster International wrote an article published by GIM International, that explores the relevance of the land administration sector, disaster risk management and spatial information in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.
Improving modern land registration in Indonesia
Support the cadastral and mapping agency of Indonesia ATR/BPN
The following results are expected
- 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
- 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
- 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
More info and contact
New Publication: Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration for All
The report answers pressing questions and shows how surveyors can get involved at local, national, and global levels to support FFPLA initiatives and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
FFPLA works but 1 barrier still to overcome
The original FFPLA concept and guidelines were published in 2014 and 2015. Since then, actions aimed at igniting and implementing FFPLA at country level have shown the global land administration community that FFPLA works, and can directly support the achievement of the SDGs. Despite the success, one significant barrier still needs to be overcome: the better inclusion of private sector surveyors, and the broader private sector community, including lawyers, conveyancers and notaries.
Opportunity, not a threat
To truly deliver the benefits of FFPLA at national scale, FFPLA should be seen as an opportunity rather than a threat to government, communities, NGOs, CSO, and the private sectors .
In response, this report speaks directly to the concerns and claims collected in expert groups, pilots, workshops and discussions. It presents counter claims and evidence from a growing body of documented applications, pilots, lessons and success stories.
Read the full report
Are you interested in reading the full report? Download the report 'Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration for All’.
The impact of the COVID-19 virus on Kadaster International
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Women’s land rights: Small initiatives have huge impact
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.”
“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.”