Its4land - Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Innovative Geospatial Tools for Fit-For-Purpose Land Rights Mapping

M.N. Koeva, S. Crommelinck, Claudia Stöcker, J. Crompvoets

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Abstract

Mapping millions of unrecorded land rights in large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa remains a
challenge. The results of many existing ICT-based approaches for recording these rights have often proven to be inappropriate; therefore, a new generation of tools needs to be developed to map land rights faster, cheaper, easier, and more responsible. This is the main goal of its4land, a European Commission Horizon 2020 project that aims to develop innovative tools that
respond to the continuum of land rights, fit-for-purpose approach, and provide cadastral
intelligence. To deliver innovative, scalable, and transferrable ICT solutions, the its4land
project builds on strategic collaborations between the EU and East Africa. The innovation
process incorporates a broad range of stakeholders and emergent geospatial technologies
including smart sketch maps, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), automated feature
extraction, as well as sharing and publishing through geocloud services. The aim is to combine
these innovative approaches with the specific needs, market opportunities and readiness of endusers
in the domain of land tenure information recording in East Africa. Moreover, the tools
target both top-down and bottom-up approaches and thus support formal land registration
processes, as well as informal community based land resource documentation. The project
consists of a four-year work plan, €3.9M funding, and eight consortium partners collaborating with stakeholders from different case study locations in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda that cover different land uses such as urban, peri-urban, rural smallholder, and (former) pastoralists.

Major technical tasks include tool development, prototyping, and demonstration for local,
national, regional, and international interest groups. However, equal emphasis is placed on
needs assessment, as well as governance, capacity and business modelling.
This paper reports recent achievements, findings and challenges faced during the first half of the its4land project. The project’s multi-disciplinary approach to capturing and sharing land tenure related information is presented. Stakeholders’ needs, readiness, and market
opportunities regarding the application of the four its4land geospatial innovative technologies,
are described based on data collected from almost 60 different organizations and community
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFIG Congress 2018
Subtitle of host publicationEmbracing our smart world where the continents connect: enhancing the geospatial maturity of societies, Istanbul, Turkey, May 6-11, 2018
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherInternational Federation of Surveyors (FIG)
Pages1-17
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2018
EventXXVI FIG Congress 2018: Embracing our smart world where the continents connect: enhancing the geospatial maturity of societies - Istanbul Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 6 May 201811 May 2018
Conference number: 26
http://www.fig.net/fig2018/

Conference

ConferenceXXVI FIG Congress 2018
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period6/05/1811/05/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • land, land records, administration, land administration, dispute, resolution, post-conflict, state, building
  • ITC-GOLD

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    Koeva, M. N., Crommelinck, S., Stöcker, C., & Crompvoets, J. (2018). Its4land - Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Innovative Geospatial Tools for Fit-For-Purpose Land Rights Mapping. In FIG Congress 2018: Embracing our smart world where the continents connect: enhancing the geospatial maturity of societies, Istanbul, Turkey, May 6-11, 2018 (pp. 1-17). [9425] Copenhagen: International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).