SmartLandMaps: From customary tenure to land information systems

Auriol Degbelo*, Claudia Stöcker, Kaspar Kundert, M.C. Chipofya

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Millions of customary land rights are still undocumented worldwide. Recording and digitizing the plurality of these land rights has been identified as a key challenge in previous work.
Documentation is an essential step to make effective progress towards a more sustainable future of our planet and for achieving the SDGs, with Goal 1 “No Poverty” (Indicator 1.4.2: proportion of the total adult population with secure tenure rights to land) in particular. To advance the documentation of customary land rights, SmartLandMaps follows an approach
based on three pillars: acceptance, efficiency and flexibility. With our approach, we contribute to the advancement and sustainability of efforts to record customary land rights worldwide and
bridge the gap between low-tech participatory mapping and modern Land Administration Systems. In particular, we put a strong emphasis on fostering the reuse of collected datasets
through the use of semantic technologies. The aim of this article is to introduce the SmartLandMaps initiative and the opportunities offered by our approach.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2021
EventFIG e-Working Week 2021: Challenges in a new reality -
Duration: 20 Jun 202125 Jun 2021


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