Requirements for a LADM Country Profile for Ghana

Derick Boateng Okyere, J.A. Zevenbergen, C.H.J. Lemmen

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Access to land sits at the crust of all contemporary political goals like climate action, disaster management, spatial planning, gender equity and poverty eradication. Land administration when well organized ensures the security of people’s rights to access land. Since it can ensure security of tenure, land rights for all and regarding all kinds of people to land relationships is
This paper looks at the land administration system of Ghana which is not completed yet, due to data redundancies and discrepancies as well as the analogue nature of the system. The new land law that supports eConveyancing together with recent projects to digitized land administration in Ghana has urged the need for a well-designed nationwide land administration infrastructure that can be implemented step by step. The basic form of a digital (distributed) database is a conceptual data model. The land administration domain model (LADM) is a conceptual data model certified by the international organization for standardization (ISO).
The land administration system in Ghana requires a conceptual data model that can integrate, standardize, and interoperate land tenure data from the title, deeds, customary and informal land registration systems while ensuring high data quality. The LADM provides the functionality to support the design of such a conceptual model.
This paper provides a requirements analysis needed to adapt the LADM to Ghana’s context. This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews and document analysis to draw data requirements from nine areas in Ghana with diverse customary land tenure reflected in their respective customary land registration systems. The results were data requirements from Ghana
on parties, documents, registers, rights, restrictions, responsibilities, spatial unit, surveying, and representation (core LADM packages) elicited, analysed, and presented. The ongoing deeds to title conversion process in Ghana is included in the analyses. Solutions to expedite based on lessons from a similar process in Ontario, Canada were analysed, and data requirements were
The paper concludes that these requirements can be used for development of an LADM country
profile for Ghana.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2021
EventFIG e-Working Week 2021: Challenges in a new reality - Virtual Event
Duration: 20 Jun 202125 Jun 2021


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  • LADM
  • Landinfra
  • Land Administration


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