Transparency and Land Administration

Vice-president CheeHaiTeo represented FIG at the Expert Group Meeting on Transparency in Land Administration that took place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 19th to 22nd July 2010 hosted by the Department of Geodetic Engineering, Gahjah Mada University. INITIAL STEP The EGM was an initial step, conceived by the UN-Habitat Human Capacity Building Agenda for South and South East Asia on Transparency in Land Administration to identify the specific land-sector governance challenges and priorities in these sub-regions. Participants came from Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Also invited were source persons from Malaysia and FIG, together with... (read more)
2010-09-09 03:58:19

EuroTitle: Land Registry Standard

Paving the Way to a Common Property Market
An increase in trans-border property transactions within the European Union poses a demand for easy access to information belonging to the national land administrations of Member States. A common European Land Market also requires a uniform system of land registration. The authors propose introduction of the EuroTitle, a standard for land registration complementary to existing national systems. The European Union’s four freedoms: free movement of persons, capital, services and goods, seem to provide a proper basis for increased trans-border property transactions and opening up of the mortgage markets within Europe. However, current trans-border transactions are few, whilst trans-national mortgage lending... (read more)
2005-12-29 12:00:00

Land Administration in Estonia

Since Estonia gained independence in 1991, huge efforts have been made to re-establish private property. Technologically speaking, land reform and land administration are a success; nearly the whole country has been registered and information on individual parcels can be disseminated to institutions and the general public via the web. However, lack of transparent land policy incapacitates the system from optimally serving land-management aims.<P> What are the main goals of land administration in Estonia During the nineties the main goal was land reform, with the political and economic goal of re-establishing private property. Land reform was the focus of attention for... (read more)
2008-11-11 12:00:00

Land Administration Reform Project Benefits Land Owners in Lesotho

For the past five years, Kadaster International has been responsible for project managing the ‘Land Administration Reform Project’ (LARP) in Lesotho, Africa. Laws and regulations have been altered and a new Land Act adopted. Land owners can now receive a lease which proves that the land is rightfully theirs. A formal proof of ownership makes a huge difference for the ordinary people in Lesotho. They can leave their land as inheritance in a will and choose who will inherit it, or they can use their land as collateral for a loan. Speeding up land registration The reforms in laws and... (read more)
2014-01-21 10:53:34

State and Public Land Management

A widespread feature of national land-tenure structures is the vesting of owner­ship of substantial national land in state/public sector ownership and management. The management of these areas is commonly problematic; for example, lacking considered, rational, equitable and transparently implemented policy, suffering frequent administrative corruption involving such assets, and lack of adequate management capacity. Land Tenure Study These problems are widespread globally and found in both developing and more developed economies . The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is preparing to publish a Land Tenure Study in this area, and as a part of the process is disseminating its... (read more)
2008-06-07 12:00:00

Land Administration and Social Development

Enhancing Land Registration and Cadastre
Land and the way governments deal with it are of major importance for the development of any society. The authors present land administration systems as an instrument to support implementation of land policies and deliver the services required for security of tenure, markets, planning and taxation. In the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Development adopt-ed by the Rio Conference 1992 (Agenda 21), global objectives of combating poverty, sustainable settlement, sustainable agriculture and forestry are directly relat-ed to the land issue. According to this plan, strengthening legal frameworks for land management and ownership is strongly recommended. The aim is to... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00

Fit-for-purpose Land Administration

Building Sustainable and Transparent Spatial Frameworks
There is an urgent need for a flexible approach to building the spatial framework in terms of technology and investment choices. Building such a spatial framework is not primarily about accuracy. Instead it is about adequate identification and representation of the spatial objects and parcels, completeness to cover the total jurisdiction, and credibility in terms of reliable data that is trusted by users. Most developing countries have cadastral coverage of less than 30 percent of the country. These cadastral systems normally operate in line with procedures for cadastral surveys and land registration as introduced (mainly for the elite) by Western... (read more)
2013-08-01 02:29:24

The Land Toolbox Is Full

Within the land sector, we all know the stories about ambitious land administration projects that have generally failed…they were too costly, too time-consuming and too demanding in terms of capacity. It was not possible to keep up the political momentum, and the push for change to existing legal and institutional arrangements eventually faded. Barriers also relate to vested interests from land professionals, according to FIG's Stig Enemark. (By Stig Enemark, honorary president, FIG) However, we are facing new times. Over the last ten years a whole range of new land tools have emerged, and technology developments have fostered opportunities for quick... (read more)
2017-07-24 02:41:50

Modernising Land Agencies' Budgetary Approaches

Modernising Land Agencies Budgetary Approach In collaboration with FIG together with Kadaster International (The Netherlands) and Lantmäteriet (Sweden), key partners and stakeholders, GLTN has embarked on a process to develop a tool that can assist policymakers and those responsible for land administration in adopting appropriate technologies and methodologies that will provide and sustain land administration services most efficiently, cost effectively and with options most appropriately tailored for incorporating varying tenure types. In recognition of the challenges, this tool will help to find optimal solutions to accommodate the new reality and multiple trends, making land agencies relevant to the time and... (read more)
2013-12-16 02:35:49

Darfur Orders Dynamic Land Database

A Natural Resources and Land Use Database and Map for the whole of Darfu is to be set up under a contract awarded to GAF (Germany) by the Darfur Land Commission (DLC, Sudan. The overall objective is the establishment of a multi-layered and dynamic natural-resources information system that provides basic land-management and planning information to enable decision-makers to develop and manage Darfur’s natural resources in a sustainable way. The Natural Resources and Land Use Database and Map for Darfur Project aims to increase the government's long-term institutional and technical capacity to manage Darfur’s natural resources, including agricultural land, natural areas,... (read more)
2011-03-29 09:11:43
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