Innovative geospatial solutions for land tenure mapping

M.N. Koeva*, C. Stöcker, S. Crommelinck, M.C. Chipofya, Kaspar Kundert, A. Schwering, Jan Sahib, T. Zein, Christian Timm, M. Humayun , Joep Crompvoets, Evrim Tan, Cesar Casiano, Placide Nkerabigwi

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There are millions of unrecorded land rights in sub-Saharan Africa, which are still not mapped. Therefore, there is a clear demand for innovative solutions for land tenure recording, as also written in the target 1.4 of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In response to this need, the consortia of “its4land” European Commission Horizon 2020 project developed the “its4land toolbox” based on the continuum of land rights and fit-for-purpose approach. The advanced technological solutions of the toolbox include smart sketch maps, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), interactive boundary delineator, as well as sharing and publishing land information via geocloud services. The solutions are based on specific needs, market opportunities, and readiness of end-users. Moreover, aiming in scaling up broader governance implications are examined. During the project lifetime, the main technical tasks included tool development, prototyping, and demonstration of the tools to local, regional, national, and international users and stakeholders. Furthermore, equal emphasis was placed on needs assessment, governance, capacity, and business modeling. The current paper presents the unique its4land land administration toolbox in which the key exploitable results of the project are integrated in a joint used case in Rwanda.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-49
Number of pages16
JournalRwanda Journal of Engineering, Science, Technology and Environment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2020


  • Fit-for-Purpose
  • Land Tenure
  • UAV
  • Boundary Delineation
  • Land

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