LAND partnership concludes, Land-at-Scale commences

Land-at-Scale is the follow-up project from LAND which was finalised early 2020. This new programme has a focus on scaling-up land sector initiatives and networks.

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.

Land-at-Scale programme

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 Working Week 2021 the Netherlands welcomes you! Save the date June 21-25, 2021.

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

Delivery of land titles in post-conflict area in Colombia

On August 10, 20 land titles were awarded to residents of the Colombian municipality of Cumaribo, in a remote region hard hit by the armed conflict. More land titles will follow soon.

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 neighbors, 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.


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 3 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 (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.


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Important agreement with Colombian cadastre

An important agreement was signed on the 28th of April in Colombia: a Memorandum of Understanding between the Colombian rural cadastre, the Dutch embassy in Bogotá and Kadaster. The signing contributes to the development of a rapid, transparent and multipurpose cadastre in Colombia.

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.

Virtual signing 

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.  

Read more about the Land in Peace project in Colombia.

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 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.

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

More info and contact

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Impact of COVID-19 on land administration sector

Members of Kadaster International wrote an interesting article

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. 

Read the article on GIM International

Improving modern land registration in Indonesia

A sound land administration system and a fair land market is fundamental for economic and social stability and gender equality. It is regarded as one of the main pillars for economic development.
Indonesia is moving towards a land administration system that meets the social, economic and environmental needs.
The achievement of such a transition requires attention to the full range of governance, policy, legal, financial, technical (data and innovation), partnership, standards, and capacity issues relating to effective land administration and integrated geospatial management. 

Support the cadastral and mapping agency of Indonesia ATR/BPN

Two earlier  projects in which Kadaster participated concentrated on supporting advocacy efforts, developing and piloting the Participative Land Registration (PaLaR). However, for the method to be viable in terms of sustainability and scalability, all the above facets require exploration and design responses. Therefore, the ambition for this third project is to support the cadastral and mapping agency of Indonesia ATR/BPN,  in the organisational and institutional transition to reach the governments’ ambition to map all land parcels in Indonesia before 2025.
Kadaster and ATR/BPN have a long-standing relationship in cooperation projects and it has become clear that ATR/BPN would benefit from the experience and know-how of Kadaster to support them in this major transition.

The following results are expected

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

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New Publication: Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration for All

Kadaster (International) released its newest report on March 30th, a guide titled ‘Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration for All’ written by Dr. Eva-Maria Unger and Dr. Rohan Bennett. This report shows the importance of fostering strategic partnerships amongst all land sector stakeholders - government, private sector, NGOs, and academia - when undertaking FFPLA.

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

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

Read more about the project Land in Peace in Colombia.

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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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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