Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Location: Preston Auditorium
Date: Monday, 20/Mar/2017
8:30am - 9:30am00-01: Using Spatial Data for Land Administration
Session Chair: Mandi Rukuni, LGAF Technical Advisory Group, Zimbabwe

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Preston Auditorium 

Using spatial data to assess the impact of land registration in Benin

David Daniel Koffi Tossou1, Klaus Deininger2, Ran Goldblatt3, Daniel Ayalew Ali2

1Bureau Etudes ATLAS GIS, Benin; 2World Bank, United States of America; 3UC San Diego, United States of America

To be completed


Using High-resolution Imagery to Improve Land Records in Indian States: Opportunities and Challenges

Shankar Nelamangala

DigitalGlobe, India

Federal Ministry of Rural Development / Department of Land Records are the Nodal Department to promote this Program in India. State Government, Revenue Department: Survey and Settlement Commissioner is the Executing body. Update and convert all the age old paper records and land holding details (ROR) with Digital transaction records, using Visual Information Technology/GIS embedded Geo coded pictures of each and every land parcel.

3.3Million Sqkm land area with multibillion parcels of Record of Rights(ROR) are to be updated .Multi Trillion $ land value ranging from $1000/Sqft to few $ /Sqft based on location and market demand.29 States and 7 Union Territories governed by different political party governments and heterogonous cultural citizens are the real stake holders

A Revolutionary program with a great value to Citizens and the Governments is in Progress for Public Good and wealth management.

Haryana state has completed the updating the records for full state using very high resolution satellite imagery, Madhya Pradesh covering about 308000 SqKM area has made significant progress more than 200,000 SqKM area has been covered with satellite imagery and project is in advance state. Rajasthan has also made lot of progress.


Does inclusion of large farms lead to a revision of the farm size-productivity relationship: Evidence from Ethiopia

Sinafikeh Gemessa1, Daniel Ayalew Ali2, Klaus Deininger2

1‎University of Minnesota, United States of America; 2World Bank, United States of America

To be completed


Quantifying Extent and Impact of Large Scale Land Transfers: Evidence from Malawi’s Estate Sector

Fang Xia1, Klaus Deininger2

1University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China, People's Republic of; 2The World Bank, USA

We combine data from complete computerization of all large leases in Malawi with satellite imagery and a geo-coded farm survey to document opportunities and challenges of land-based investment in novel ways. We find that, with 1.5 mn. ha (of which some 140,000 ha are registered twice) area under estates is larger than previously estimated. Some 70% of agricultural leases expired, reducing tenure security and public revenue from lease fees. Remotely sensed imagery suggests that only 42% of estate land is under crops and less than 20% of estates crop more than two thirds of their land. Comparing production and yields between estates and smallholders using survey data also suggests that estates are less productive than smallholders. Small farmers cultivating on an estate (encroachers) are less likely to grow a second crop and use less irrigation or inputs, reducing yields but proximity to estates is associated with higher input use, suggesting positive spillovers. To prevent that the option to demarcate customary estates under the new Land Act will further exacerbate tenure insecurity, initiatives to this end will need to be preceded by efforts to clarify boundaries and the status of leases for existing estates.


Assessing Urban Land Use in Ho Chi Minh City

Ran Goldblatt1, Kiwako Sakamoto2, Klaus Deininger2

1UC San Diego, United States of America; 2The World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

9:30am - 10:45am00-02: Acquiring and using Land Data in Innovative Ways
Session Chair: Trevor Monroe, The World Bank, United States of America


Preston Auditorium 

Using Drones for Mapping Zanzibar

Edward Anderson

World Bank group, Tanzania

The Zanzibar Mapping Initiative is a 2016 - 2017 pilot exercise to deploy survey mapping drones to map both islands of Zanzibar at 7cm resolution, and urban areas at 2.5cm resolution. The project is a collaboration of the Zanzibar Commission for Lands, the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, World Bank and State University of Zanzibar.

This presentation will shows capability of land digitization using survey drones, lessons learned and results to date as well as observations on fitness for use in Land Administration.


Using Drones for Tenure Regularization and Urban Upgrading

Mamadou Baro1, Birhane Wane2

1University of Arizona, United States of America; 2Ministry of Housing, Urban Development, and Land-Use Management, Mauritania



The Sensors are Here! A High-Resolution Application on Understanding Individual Travel Patterns in African Cities

Nancy Lozano Gracia

World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

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Combining Taxi GPS Data and Open-Source Software for Evidence-Based Traffic Management and Planning

Holly Krambeck

The World Bank, United States of America

To be completed


Using Remotely Sensed Land Use Data to Improve Public Sector Governance: The Example of Road Investments

Kai Kaiser

The World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

11:15am - 12:30pm00-03: Land Governance Monitoring and Impact Assessment
Session Chair: Issa Faye, African Development Bank, Tunisia


Preston Auditorium 

Process and Content of Ukraine's Land Governance Monitoring and Its Relevance for Land Policy Reform

Maksym Martynyuk1, Denys Nizalov2, Denis Bashlyk3

1Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, Ukraine; 2University of Kent, United Kingdom; 3Stategeocadastre, Ukraine

To be completed


Moving towards real-time land governance monitoring in a decentralized setting: Rwanda's experience

Nishimwe Marie Grace1, Thierry Ngoga2, Solomon Kyewalabye3

1Rwanda Natural Resources Authority, Rwanda; 2LGAF, United Kingdom; 3Consultant, Uganda

To be completed

00-03-Marie Grace-1208_ppt.pptx

Using Satellite imagery to improve revenue collection in Kigali

Daniel Ayalew Ali

World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

1:30pm - 2:45pm00-04: How Can Climate Investments Support Sustainable Land Use?
Session Chair: Ian Munro Gray, The World Bank, United States of America


Preston Auditorium 

The Economic Importance of Forests

Artur Cardoso de Lacerda

IADB, United States of America

Working Towards Secure Land Rights and Shared Value

Justine Sylvester

Village Focus International, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Enabling Indigenous People’s Engagment

Madhavi Pillai

The World Bank, United States of America

Forest-dependent Businesses Contribution to Forest Conservation

Rod Taylor

WRI, United States of America

2:45pm - 4:00pm00-05: Strengthening Rights for Indigenous Peoples
Session Chair: Maninder Gill, World Bank, United States of America


Preston Auditorium 

Introductory Remarks

Maninder Gill

World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

Strengthening Indigenous PeoplesParticipation in Peru using the DGM Approach

Stamatis Kotouzas

World Bank Group, United States of America

To be completed


Presentation of Inspection Panel Case

Gonzalo Castro de la Mata

The World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

00-05-Castro de la Mata-1204_ppt.pptx


Anna Autio

The World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

Closing Remarks

Luis Felipe Duchicela

World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

4:30pm - 6:00pm00-11: Opening Session: Monitoring Land Use Change: From Pretty Pictures to Policy Action
Session Chair: Karin Erika Kemper, The World Bank, United States of America


Preston Auditorium 

The Power of Information: How Data on Changes in Forest Cover can Help Policy Makers, Civil Society, and the Private Sector

Matthew Hansen

University of Maryland, United States of America

To be completed


Linking Land Use and Land Rights: How Brazil’s Environmental Registry Helps Advance Sustainable Land Management

Izabella Teixeira

Ministry of the Environment, Brazil

To be completed


Harnessing Open Data to Drive Change: From Local Advocacy to Global Agreements

Andrew Steer

World Resources Institute, United States of America

To be completed

Date: Tuesday, 21/Mar/2017
8:30am - 10:00am01-01: Guarding against Land-Related Corruption
Session Chair: Meredith Ogilvie-Thompson, ISLP, United States of America


Preston Auditorium 

Transparency International - Land Corruption in Africa - Finding Evidence, Triggering Change

Annette Maria Jaitner, Rute Caldeira

Transparency International Secretariat, Germany

According to Transparency International’s research (Transparency International TI, 2013), around the world, one in five people report that they have paid a bribe for land services during the last years; in Africa, every second client of land administration services was affected. At the same time, land developers and speculators specifically target countries with weak governance, and together with local elites they can contribute to illicit and corrupt land transactions and increasing state capture. This marginalizes local populations further and as a consequence results in poverty, hunger, and conflict. However, only little evidence exists on land-corruption and its manifestations. TI’s Land and Corruption in Africa programme aims to fill this gap, and with this paper presents findings from TI’s empirical and desk-based baseline survey (2015) on land corruption in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Moreover, the paper will discuss challenges in unearthing evidence, and demonstrate where TI’s interventions triggered change.


Women, Land and Corruption in Ghana- Findings from a Baseline Survey

Eric Yeboah2, Mary Awelana Addah1, Michael Henchard Okai1

1Transparency International - Ghana Integrity Initiative, Ghana; 2Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technoogy

Women land rights vulnerabilities in patriarchal contexts such as Ghana are well-documented. However, how corruption joins forces with entrenched and institutionalized discriminatory practices to undermine the land ownership and security of tenure of women is largely under-researched. This paper seeks to contribute towards helping to bridge this gap based on a recent Baseline Survey which was conducted as part of Transparency International and Ghana Integrity Initiative’s Women, Land and Corruption Project. Drawing from multiple sources of evidence, the study establishes that corruption is deep-seated in land administration in Ghana with bribery being the most endemic. Indeed 1 in every 3 persons who has been involved in procuring land or land services was either asked to, or paid bribe. Granting land to meet the demands of rapid urbanization, large scale land based investments and the boom in rubber production reduces available land stock and the processes are largely laced with corrupt practices. Women are worse hit and are increasingly being rendered landless, food insecure and being left to face endangered livelihoods. The paper concludes by offering recommendations which can strengthen the land rights of women under the current state of affairs.


"The Impact Of Poor Land Governance In the Reduction Of Rural Poverty In Cameroon"

Nyassi Tchakounte Lucain

Transparency International Cameroon, Cameroon

The strong demand for arable land, especially in Africa, has provoked a rush of investors and speculators in the land sector, targeting especially countries witnessing governance deficits. This situation has not only increased the value of land but it has also paved the way to corruption and its devastating effects particularly on vulnerable and marginalized populations (poorest). Land is a very important factor in the development of Cameroonian economy as it is crucial for agriculture. According to a survey conducted by TI-Cameroon on land governance in regions of Cameroon, up to 99% of respondents admitted to have paid a bribe to institutions involved in land registration procedure in Cameroon to acquire land titles. Therefore, Failure to secure land in rural areas in party due to corruption has been commonly reported as the main catalyst of rural poverty. The purpose of this paper, gathering evidence from activities and reports emanating from the “Land and corruption in Africa” project, is to demonstrate how land tenure corruption in Cameroon can foster poverty especially in rural areas. This paper also presents the importance of land tenure security for people in rural areas and the necessity to address it as a means to alleviate poverty.

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01-01-Tchakounte Lucain-555_ppt.ppt

Developing Land Information Management System (LIMS) for County Governments in Kenya.

Lizahmy Ntonjira

The Technical univesity of Kenya, Kenya

This paper describes the development of a Land Information Management Systems (LIMS) for County Governments in Kenya. Since the promulgation of the new Constitution in 2010, the devolution of the national government and formation of county governments was provided. These invoked the formation of new Land laws and Laws to guide the devolution processes and procedures. In addition, according to the County Government Act, 2012 in Kenya, all County Governments are supposed to develop digital Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based Spatial Plans these call for development of LIMS for and efficient breakthrough. The LIMS devepment involves accesing Land records that have variety stadarnds and inopparable from different sources , digitization of all the available data, flying UAV where adjudication process has not taken place and there no cadastral maps and then developing a database of the same. In this regard, there is a need to study the development of LIMS for county governments so as to give other developers of various county governments , as a means of giving a know how in future LIMS initiatives. This paper uses case study methodology to document the development of a LIMS for Kerugoya County in Kenya.

10:30am - 12:00pm02-01: Private Sector Business Models in Land Administration
Session Chair: Alasdair Murray Lewis, HM Land Registry, United Kingdom


Preston Auditorium 

Public-Private Partnerships as a Tool to Promote Sustainable Land Administration: Cabo Verde as a Promising Candidate in a Development Context

Ian Rose1, Richard Baldwin2

1DAI, United Kingdom; 2DAI, United Kingdom

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have a long history of being used effectively for infrastructure projects and more recently are being used in the context of services. The experience of using PPPs for land administration services is limited but with some notable success in developed economies. In a development context, where donor-funded titling or regularization projects often face serious challenges of sustainability, a PPP approach could provide a model for completing reforms nation-wide and sustaining progress initially achieved in a “project” setting. Donor-funded projects often fall short of covering an entire nation’s cadastre due to time and budget constraints. Moreover, projects may not last long enough to solidly establish information systems to record all subsequent transactions

Cabo Verde presents a promising setting for a PPP approach. With donor support, Cabo Verde has embarked on an ambitious initiative to create a multi-functional cadastre. But the support will cover only four of the nation’s nine inhabited islands. A PPP approach could provide an effective mechanism to complete the nation’s cadastre and ensure a transition to a modern cadastre where all subsequent transactions are sustainably maintained. The country’s modest size represents a very manageable context in which to implement the PPP on nationwide scale.


LRA's Geo-Spatial Systems and Databases

Robert Nomar Leyretana

Land Registration Authority, Philippines

In the Philippines, Land Registration Authority is currently implementing the Land Computerization Project, which has Geographic Information System and map database derived from the technical description of the Certificates of Title. These are powerful tools that are used to identify the location of properties and the identification of properties falling within specified parameters and areas of interest.

LRA provides Geo-spatial Services:

o Local Government Taxation – delivery of parcel map databases to be used to migrate and update existing real property tax maps, ensure the accuracy of their records, and increase in tax collection efficiency.

o Agrarian Reform – Ensure that lands targeted are within areas/domains classified as alienable and disposable.

o Asset Identification – For water utility companies in identifying titled properties falling within the area of interest.

o Rivers, Waterways, Dams, Irrigation - For Government’s river and waterways rehabilitation effort and irrigation expansion program by identifying titled properties and the land covered, which fall within the corridor of the alignment of interest specified.

o Electrical Power Transmission, Roads and Railways - acquisition of right-of-way for transmission lines, towers, roads, railways, and bridges by identifying titled properties and land covered which fall within the corridor of the alignment of interest specified.


Registry Cadastre Services Decentralization In The Property Management System In Honduras

Dilma Ortega, Roman Alvarez

Programa de Administración de Tierras de Honduras PATH, Honduras

The property services decentralization has been included as one of the necessary requirements to cope with the challenges arising in the growth of the transactional volume of properties rights operations increasing of user’s expectations of improve the services quality, and reducing costs and response times resulting in thrusted registry.

Through this mechanism, the Honduran National Administration System of the Property (SINAP), seeks to take the route towards decentralization hoping to achieve efficiency, transparency and agility in the transactions; thus, creating a greater dynamics in the land market.

The background of a decentralized administration model.

The Honduran National Administration System of the Property, based on the Property law passed by Decree 82-2004, faculty the Property Institute to designate and regulate Partners Centers for operating and managing the registry services that rely on the Property Institute, considering that services administration through a public-private partnership count with mechanisms and more agile procedures to respond to the requirements for the establishment and promotion of a stock market.

The first Partner Institution delegating was the Honduran Chambers of Commerce and Industries, of the managing and operation of the commercial register, in July 2006. Ten years later, in April 2016, was formed the second Associated Center.

12:30pm - 2:00pm00-12: Plenary: Land Policy Options for Sustainable Urbanization
Session Chair: Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, World Bank, United States of America

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Preston Auditorium 

More Revenue Mobilization by Strengthening Land Administration in Kampala

Jennifer Semakula Musisi

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Uganda

Empirical evidence shows that over the past five years lands revenue on average contributed 10% of the total revenue collected in Kampala. The land revenue sources included leasehold premium charged at 10% of the market value of land, annual ground rent charged at 0.5% of the market value of land and a plethora of land services including land registration, land ownership verification, placement and removal of caveats, land subdivision and consolidation, surveying and mapping services, GIS services and so on. In FY2014/15, lands revenue rose from US$ 2 million to US$ 3.2million (14%) of the total revenue. The steady performance is attributed to implementation of the online electronic payment system (e-citie), computerization of the lands register.

Proposals to improve revenue collection include, proposals on adopting low-cost land administration tools, improving access to land information through web-based interfaces, guarding against corruption, enhancing the land ownership rights of women and minority groups, enhancing land ownership rights in informal settlements, reviewing the land policy to provide for leasehold as the urban land tenure and reviewing leasehold premium and ground rent charges with due consideration of local conditions and international best practices


Drawing Lessons from the Brazil Slum Upgrading Program Minha Casa, Minha Vida

Ines Silva

The World Bank, United States of America

To be completed


Role of Land Policy in Financing Johannesburg Urban Development

Yondela Silimela

City of Johannesburg, South Africa

To be completed


Land Value Capture for Urban Revival: The Case of Shenzen

Yu-Hung Hong

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America

To be completed

2:15pm - 3:45pm03-01: “One-Map” Policies in Asia
Session Chair: Mika-Petteri Törhönen, The World Bank, United States of America


Preston Auditorium 

One Map Policies in Asia, with reference to Indonesia

Mika-Petteri Törhönen

The World Bank, United States of America



OneMap Myanmar – Enabling a Multi-stakeholders Environment for the Coproduction of Data, Information and Knowledge on Land

Joan Bastide1, U Shwe Thein2, Andreas Heinimann1

1Centre for Development and Environment - University of Bern; 2Land Core Group

OneMap Myanmar is an initiative of the government to democratize access to data, information and knowledge, in order to enable government and citizens to make more sustainable and evidence based decisions on land management and broader development planning.

OneMap Myanmar brings together 25 government agencies, civil society organizations and representatives from the private sector to jointly produce, verify, and analyse data and information on land, through multiple engagement processes at national and local levels. The resulting data and knowledge are made available on an online open-access spatial data platform, allowing users to display, search and use databases reflecting the multiple perspectives and claims on land.

OneMap Myanmar uses multi-stakeholders approach to address the complexity of land governance burning issues in the highly dynamic context of post election Myanmar. This presentation first gives an introduction of OneMap as a multi-stakeholders initiative for the coproduction of data and knowledge on land, and shows how geospatial data is used to support and nourish on-going policy and law formulation processes. It then focuses on an-in-depth review of the oil palm sector land-use planning in Tanintharyi region, in order to demonstrate how this coproduction of data and knowledge allows addressing critical issues effectively.


Cross-Sectoral Information Integration and Sharing in an eGovernment Framework Supporting Integrated Land Development Planning

Michael Epprecht1, Vong Nanhthavong1, Cornelia Hett1, Savanh Hanaphom3, Anongsone Phommachanh2

1Centre for Development and Environmnet CDE, Office in the Lao People's Democratic Republic; 2Department of Land Administration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Laos; 3Department of Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Laos

Development challenges have become increasingly complex. Sectoral approaches therefore have become less effective in tackling burning development challenges.

In Laos, the government struggles to gain an overview of what is happening in land investments across the country. Land concessions can be granted by different institutions and at different administrative levels. However, there is no institution in charge of keeping track of such developments.

Therefore, key departments of the Lao Government are supported in compiling, harmonizing, integrating and exchanging information on different aspects of land investments from all sectors and administrative levels. To that end, the Lao Government is developing a cross-sectoral land investment database system, hosted within its national eGovernment framework.

This Lao land concession information system is part of the broader cross-sectoral Lao DECIDE info project, which is a multi-stakeholder governmental information integration and sharing initiative. On a voluntary basis, institutions can partner up and make their sectoral data available to specified user groups in a standardized way facilitating cross-sectoral information exchange, integration and analysis.

Currently, the platform provides one-stop access to highly detailed information at the national level, integrated across the following sectors: demography, poverty, education, health, foreigner direct investment in lands, ODA, agriculture and environment.

4:00pm - 5:30pm04-01: Global Status of Quality of Land Regulation in 2016
Session Chair: Chris Jochnick, Landesa, United States of America


Preston Auditorium 

Approach to Global Indicators

Augusto Lopez Claros

World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

Expanding the Property Module in Doing Business

Rita Ramalho, Adrian Gonzalez

World Bank, United States of America

Most people are very familiar with the current structure of the Doing Business report covering 11 topics, but 14 years ago things were a little different. The Doing Business report was born in 2003 with 5 topics and 133 economies and the registering property topic was included in the report in 2004.

This presentations presents some of the most important methodological changes and expansions experienced by the registering property topic since its inception in the Doing Business report and focuses in the discussion of the “quality of land administration index” introduced in 2015.

The presentation also discusses some findings from the last doing business report and present some examples of reforms to improve the quality of the land administration implemented by various countries during 2015/2016.


Next Phase for Enabling the Business of Agriculture

Federica Saliola

World Bank, United States of America

Enabling the Business of Agriculture provides data and indicators on legal barriers for businesses operating in agriculture in 62 countries and across 12 topic areas: seed, fertilizer, machinery, finance, markets, transport, information and communication technology (ICT), water, land, livestock, gender and environmental sustainability. This year scoring was piloted for the land topic for 38 countries. The data for the remaining 24 countries will be collected next year along with a further refinement of the methodology. Enabling the Business of Agriculture features two types of indicators. Legal indicators primarily reflect the text of laws and regulations and assess their conformity with a number of global regulatory good practices. Efficiency indicators measure the transaction costs that firms have to bear to comply with national regulations on the ground. Enabling the Business of Agriculture aims to improve farmers’ access to agricultural inputs, goods and services. By providing key data on regulatory frameworks that is globally comparable and actionable, Enabling the Business of Agriculture strengthens the information base that can be used for policy dialogue and reform. Such efforts can stimulate private sector activity and lead to more efficient and effective agricultural value chains.


Piloting the Land Component in EBA

Klaus Deininger

World Bank, United States of America

The land indicator in EBA builds on the improvements made to the ‘Registering Property’ indicator under ‘Doing Business’ in terms of adding information on reliability, transparency, coverage, and dispute resolution by adding relate to (i) coverage, relevance, and currency of records for private land; (ii) management of state land, especially recording of boundaries and transparency in the way in which such land may be transferred; and (iii) maintenance of an environment that supports equality of opportunity, including by gender, and that allows individuals to use land, but also limits the need for land acquisition for public purpose, and provides for transparent processes allowing those affected by acquisition access to fair compensation for improvements made to the land and enable them to maintain their living standard. The presentation will discuss the choice of indicators for each of these areas and good practice for each of them and results from 39 countries. Ways to expand coverage and areas where more research is needed will be highlighted.

Date: Wednesday, 22/Mar/2017
8:30am - 10:00am05-01: Investing in the Commons: Choices and Consequences
Session Chair: Lorenzo Cotula, IIED, United Kingdom

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Preston Auditorium 

Lessons from Investing in Land-based Commons by the French Technical Committee on Land Tenure and Development (CTFD)

Sigrid Aubert1, Mathieu Boche2

1CIRAD, France; 2French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

To be completed


The Commons in the Tonle Sap Flood Plain: Insights from community fisheries management

Jean-Christophe Diepart1, Il Oeur2, Marie Mellac3

1Mekong Region Land Governance; 2Analyzing Development Issues Centre; 3French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) - UMR Passage

To be completed


Uneasy Relationship between Co-management (involving state agents) and Commons Management

Sigrid Aubert

CIRAD, France

To be completed

Benefits Derived from Official Recognition of the Commons by the State and Central Authorities

Saïd Mahamoudou1, El Haj Faye2, Dauod Abkula3

1Comores; 2Senegal; 3Kenya

To be completed

10:30am - 12:00pm06-01: Implementing the AU Declaration on Land at Country Level
Session Chair: Mamta Murthi, World Bank, United States of America

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Preston Auditorium 

How Land Issues Will be Addressed in AUC’s 4-year Business Plan

Godfrey Bahiigwa

African Union Commission, Ethiopia

To be completed


NEPAD’s Contribution to Implementing Evidence-driven Land Policy at Country Level

Estherine Lisinge Fotabong

NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, South Africa

The last decade has seen an increase in the competing use and demand of land due to rapid urbanization; infrastructure development; commercial agriculture; mining and even large scale land based investments (‘land grabbing’). Again, the impact of climate change has led to degraded and eroded lands. The increase in demand for land, necessitates a paradigm shift in addressing land issues from a sectoral to a systematic approach. Policies and investment decisions should promote an equitable, sustainable and inclusive growth, development of cities and rural areas.

Encouraged by the adoption the framework and guidelines on land policy and the principles for large-scale land based investments by the African Union in 2014, the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) in 2015, established an integrated land governance program, for advancing rural development and structural transformation. The programme is aimed at making available data and produce evidence to raise understanding at the country and continental level of the role of land governance in Africa’s structural transformation and sustainable development. This paper will share NEPAD‘s strategic intervention on land policy in Africa.

(Keywords: Land governance, equity, social and economic transformation)

06-01-Lisinge Fotabong-1055_ppt.ppt

Harnessing the Potential of Land Policy for Madagascar's Development

Narson Rafidimanana

Ministry of State for Presidential Projects, Country Planning and Equipment, Madagascar

To be completed

Using Land Policy as an Engine for Rural Growth: Opportunities and Challenges for Implementing Malawi's Land Acts

Charles Msosa

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Malawi

To be completed


AFDB's contribution to addressing land issues in support of agricultural development

Issa Faye, Chiji Ojukwu, Rose Mwebaza

African Development Bank

To be completed

12:30pm - 2:00pm00-14: Plenary: Harnessing the Potential of New Data
Session Chair: Steven Ramage, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), France

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Preston Auditorium 

New Opportunities to Access High Resolution Imagery for Affordable Cadastral Mapping

Kumar Navulur

DigitalGlobe, United States of America

Space offer s a unique vantage point to map the changing planet at its finest detail. Vast libraries of imagery collected over time give you a look into the past, present, and with satellite life designed for 12+ years, continuity to 2028 and beyond. As we collect imagery more and more imagery, it is now possible to create accurate 3D models that can be used for urban cadaster. Detailed mosaics of countries allow for rapid mapping of land cadaster economically, especially with changing business models in the commercial remote sensing industry.


How the Microsatellite Revolution can Help Developing Countries Achieve the SDGs

Andrew Zolli

Planet, Inc., United States of America

To be completed

Supporting the EO r/evolution at scale - shifting the focus from data to services

Christoph Aubrecht1,2

1European Space Agency (ESA-ESRIN), Italy; 2The World Bank, United States of America

To be completed


How the Bank can help its clients to better access and use spatial data

Keith Patrick Garrett

The World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

What is Google Earth Engine?

Nicholas Clinton

Google, United States of America

To be completed

2:15pm - 3:45pm07-01: Land Policy Lessons from the 2017 WDR: Governance & the Law
Session Chair: Phillip Jeremy Hay, World Bank, United States of America

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Preston Auditorium 

Lessons from WDR 2017 on Producing Better Governance Outcomes: Commitment, Coordination and Cooperation

Edouard Al-Dahdah

World Bank, United States of America

To be completed

Improving Land Administration for Good Governance: What Uganda can do to Achieve Complete Coverage

Betty Amongi

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, -

To be completed


Land as a Key for Better Governance and Economic Growth in Tanzania: Perspective and Recent Initiatives

Yamungu Kayandabila

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Tanzania

To be completed


Leveraging Land Governance for Sustainable Urbanization: Improving the Quality of Land Administration

Mohamed Aly Bathily

Ministère des Domaines de l'Etat et des Affaires Foncières au Mali, Mali

To be completed


Implementing Land and Cadaster Reforms in Colombia

Manuel Fernando Castro Quiroz

National Planning Department (DNP), Colombia

To be completed

07-01-Castro Quiroz-1144_ppt.pdf
4:00pm - 5:30pm08-01: Lessons from a Decade of Large Scale Land-Based Investments
Session Chair: Mathieu Boche, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France


Preston Auditorium 

The global land rush 10 years on: Taking stock of commercial pressures on land

Lorenzo Cotula, Thierry Berger

IIED, United Kingdom

Pressures on land and natural resources are growing in many low and middle-income countries. This trend partly reflects long-term changes in national societies, linked to population growth, changing land use and socio-economic differentiation. But it is also the result of global market and policy forces, which in recent years have fuelled a wave of large-scale land investments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dubbed “land grabbing” by the critics, these processes have triggered lively debates about development pathways and control over resources. There is a substantial body of research on the scale, drivers, features and early outcomes of these land investments. But with a few important exceptions, much research has primarily focused on specific sectors, particularly agriculture, and changes in global markets since mid-2014 have significantly changed the international commodity landscape. Building on a global research project and drawing on data from multiple global databases, repositories or platforms, this paper takes stock of evidence on changing commercial pressures on land and resources, and related responses in policy and practice. The paper takes an integrated approach to understanding commercial pressures on land and natural resources, and considers evolutions both in patterns of actual investments and in the wider frameworks governing them.


International Land Deals for Agriculture. Fresh insights from the Land Matrix: Analytical Report II

Kerstin Nolte1, Wytske Chamberlain2, Markus Giger3

1GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany; 2University of Pretoria; 3University of Bern

Large-scale land acquisitions continue to be an important

issue for governments, development organisations, NGOs and

farmers’ organisations all over the world; this remains the case

even in times of global economic slowdown, recession and

crisis. The scale of this trend and its significant impacts on rural

transformation and livelihoods make it necessary to further

monitor, observe and positively influence such deals wherever


The Land Matrix Initiative is a global partnership which aims

to improve transparency around large-scale land acquisitions. It

collects and provides data and information through a network

of global and regional partners.

This report aims to contribute to the body of knowledge available

on land acquisitions in low- and middle-income countries by

presenting an up-to-date analysis of the data contained in the

Land Matrix database and providing complementary evidence

based on case studies. It provides a concise overview of general

trends and developments, as well as regional and local insights.

In particular, the report gives an update on recent developments,

zooms in to focus on the key target regions, investigates who

acquires land and discusses emerging evidence on the impacts

of large-scale land acquisitions. Additionally, through a number

of case studies, it provides

insights into realities on the ground.


Sustainable livelihoods in the global land rush? Archetypes of livelihood vulnerability and sustainability potentials

Christoph Oberlack, Laura Tejada, Peter Messerli, Stephan Rist, Markus Giger

University of Bern, Switzerland

Large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) have become a major concern for land use sustainability at a global scale. A considerable body of case studies has shown that the livelihood outcomes of LSLAs vary, but the understanding of factors and processes that generate these livelihood outcomes remains controversial and fragmented in terms of cases, contexts, and normative orientations. This study presents a meta-analysis of 44 systematically selected studies covering 66 cases in 21 countries to explain varying livelihood impacts. Results show that LSLAs affect livelihoods through a small set of archetypical configurations. Adverse outcomes arise most frequently from processes of (1) enclosure of livelihood assets, (2) elite capture, (3) selective marginalisation of people already living in difficult conditions, and (4) polarisation of development discourses, and less frequently from (5) competitive exclusion, (6) agribusiness failure, and (7) transient jobs. The processes are activated in specific configurations of social-ecological factors. Moving beyond diagnosis, the paper identifies archetypical potentials for safeguarding or enhancing sustainable livelihoods in LSLA target regions at multiple levels of decision-making. Finally, we analyse how contextual factors modify these general insights. The results can be used to better link local case studies with regional and global inventories of the global land rush.

5:45pm - 6:30pmPre-Launch of the Africa Land Advisory Group. Special Guest: His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria

By invitation only. For more information please contact: Margaret Rugadya at 

Preston Auditorium 
Date: Thursday, 23/Mar/2017
8:30am - 10:00am09-01: Making Housing More Affordable and Resilient
Session Chair: Anna Wellenstein, World Bank, United States of America

Translation Spanish, Streaming.

Preston Auditorium 

From Supply-side to Demand-side Housing Subsidies in Argentina

Tomás Bibiloni

Ministry of the Interior, Public Works and Housing, Argentine Republic

To be completed

From Conflict to Peace: Land and Housing Policies to Accompany the Peace Process in Colombia

Alejandro Quintero

Ministry of Housing / National Housing Fund, Colombia

To be completed


From Opacity to Transparency: Rebuilding Trust in Housing Policies in Guatemala

Carlos Barillas

Ministry of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing, Guatemala

To be completed


From Land Formalization to Affordable Housing: Redesigning Housing Policies in Peru

Carmen Cecilia Lecaros Vértiz

Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation, Peru

To be completed

09-01-Lecaros Vértiz-1107_ppt.ppt

Land and Resilient Housing Challenges in Paraguay

Maria Soledad Nunez Méndez

National Secretariat of Housing and Habitat, Paraguay

To be completed

09-01-Nunez Méndez-1106_ppt.ppt

Vivienda Adecuada y Asequible - Aprendizajes de la Política Habitacional Chilena

Victor Cardenas

Housing and Urbanization Services

to be filled


Housing Challenges in Mexico

Jorge Wolpert

CONAVI, Mexico

To be filled


Building Resilience: One House at a Time

Alison Gajadhar

Ministry for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Saint Lucia

To be filled


Concluding Remarks

Maximo Torrero

The World Bank, United States of America

Te be completed

10:30am - 12:00pm10-01: Using Administrative Data for Land Governance Monitoring
Session Chair: Nicolás Nogueroles, IPRA-CINDER (International Property Registries Association), Spain

Translation Spanish, Streaming.

Preston Auditorium 

Fostering Dialogue and Understanding Through the 'Review of Land Administration: Regional and Global Perspectives'

Nicolás Nogueroles

IPRA-CINDER (International Property Registries Association), Spain

To be completed

Social and Economic Benefits from Integrating Registry and Cadaster: Evidence from Administrative Data

Oscar Rodríguez Sánchez, Luis Jimenez Sancho

Land Registry, Costa Rica

To be completed

10-01-Rodríguez Sánchez-1170_ppt.pptx

How Administrative Data Can Inform Policy and Research: Evidence from Mexico

Maria Elena Garcia Flores

Federal Registry of Public Land, Mexico

To be completed

10-01-Garcia Flores-1171_ppt.pptx

Challenges and Potential for Assessing Progress in Colombia's Land Restitution Challenge: How the Registry Can Help

Jorge Enrique Velez

Land Regularization and Restituttion, Colombia

To be completed


Sultan Alakraf

Dubai Land Department, United Arab Emirates

To be completed


Alasdair Murray Lewis

HM Land Registry, United Kingdom

To be completed

1:00pm - 2:30pm11-01: Progress with Responsible Investment Pledges
Session Chair: Mark Constantine, International Finance Corporation, United States of America


Preston Auditorium 

Assessing Company Progress with Implementing the New York Declaration on Forests

Jillian Gladstone

CDP North America, United States of America

In September 2014, the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) outlined 10 goals that provide endorsers with ambitious global targets to protect forests and end natural forest loss by 2030. This progress assessment focuses on Goal 2 – eliminating deforestation from agricultural commodity supply chains – and was conducted by the NYDF Assessment Partners, a coalition of civil society and research organizations. It develops a new framework for a comprehensive evaluation of efforts taken by private and public actors. Our findings show that the global supply-chain movement continues to gain momentum. Yet while pledges are increasing, more action is needed from all sectors. The overall impact on forests is currently impossible to assess, as there are no global data sets that link supply chain efforts to an actual reduction in deforestation. Companies interviewed for the assessment have experienced little improvements in public support and stakeholder dialogue, but highlighted specific examples of successful collaboration. It is clear that cross-sectoral cooperation will be necessary to move forward, and the NYDF can provide a platform to facilitate the implementation of such strategies.


Inclusive Business in Agriculture: Questions, Leverage Points and State of the Debate

Laura German

University of Georgia, United States of America

To be completed


Territorial governance in the era of corporate commitments to sustainability: Are new approaches able to reconcile sustainable commodity supply and fair partnerships in Brazil and Indonesia?

Pablo Pacheco

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia

Commercial agriculture is driving significant deforestation associated with oil palm and soy and beef supply. In order to ameliorate the social and environmental negative impacts, public and private policy responses have emerged. On the one hand, governments are implementing stringent land use and environmental policy and, on the other hand, private sector is adopting commodity-specific voluntary standards, and committing to ‘zero deforestation’. Progress was achieved in reducing deforestation in soy/beef production in Brazil, and the governments is regulating oil palm while companies are building deforestation-free supply chains in Indonesia. In both countries, the measures put in place by industry, along with state regulations may effectively reduce pressures on forests and support the uptake of sustainability practices but are limited to trigger the transition to sustainable land uses and fair partnerships, yet new approaches are attempting to reconcile them. These are: 1) supply chain interventions to produce and protect; 2) schemes to lower risks and de-risk investments, and; 3) jurisdictional approaches. This paper will assess the sustainability processes that adopted a commodity-specific perspective, and explore the avenues offered by emerging approaches. Lessons originate from cases in Sao Felix de Xingu and Paragominas in Para, and Central Kalimantan and Riau in Indonesia.


Commercial forest plantations in a landscape approach: The case of the Zambezia Landscape Program, Mozambique

Andre Aquino

World Bank, Mozambique

This presentation will address how the Zambezia Integrated Landscape Program in Mozambique is promoting territorial land use planning, and as such contributing to the development of small and medium commercial plantation in the region.

2:45pm - 4:15pm12-01: Using Remotely Sensed Data to Improve Urban Planning
Session Chair: Suzanne Hopkins, Thomson Reuters, United States of America


Preston Auditorium 

Using Satellite Data for Improved Urban Development

Thomas Haeusler, Sharon Gomez, Fabian Enßle

GAF AG, Germany

Satellite Earth Observation (EO) technology has a major potential to inform and facilitate international development work in a globally consistent manner. Since 2008 the European Space Agency (ESA) has worked closely together with Multi-Lateral Development Banks (MDBs) and their client countries to harness the benefits of EO in their operations and resources management. A new initiative of ESA which started in May 2016, the EO for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) Urban project aims to mainstream the application of satellite data for urban development programs being implemented by the MDBs and their counterparts. The project implemented by a European Consortium is providing a variety of geo-spatial products from baseline land use/land cover data, urban green areas and slum mapping for the implementation of urban development projects in about 40 different cities globally. The products from EO4SD will illustrate the utility of EO based data to monitor spatial features and structures on the ground with the frequency needed to assess trends in spatial urban patterns. The project will provide information to the stakeholders on the technologies and methods behind the geo-spatial products for the improved understanding on what satellite data can offer for urban planning as well as associated costs.


Cost Effective Building Capture at Continental Scale Using Satellite Imagery and Automatic Feature Extraction

Dan Paull, Martin Rose

PSMA Australia, Australia

Many developing countries face land governance issues that are exacerbated by global trends of rapid urbanisation and climate change. The need for an effective and timely response to issues such as population movement can be inhibited by fundamental challenges around the sharing of information, integrating policies and systems, and ensuring data integrity. Yet recent advances in satellite image processing, machine learning technology and cloud computing have opened new opportunities for data capture at a scale, speed, quality and cost not possible before. These technologies and techniques have been employed to generate data products such as Geoscape in Australia, which is capturing the entire continent’s built environment, and linking data about buildings and land cover to a national geospatial base that includes addresses, cadastral fabric and transportation networks. By linking rich attributes and data types, Geoscape provides a better understanding of what exists at every address to suit geospatial analytics for the whole of Australia. This top-down technology-driven approach, when combined with bottom-up approaches such as participatory mapping, can establish comprehensive data to support land governance and help address foundational challenges faced by many developing countries – namely to support good decision-making, planning, and ultimately, sustainable development.


Understanding the Urban Story using Earth Observation

Elke Kraetzschmar, Rainer Malmberg

IABG mbH, Germany

Urban planning is strongly related to understanding prior urban development on the basis of an actual insight on urban fragmentation. It is an elementary step for improvement and optimization of the metropoles within the objective of making the cities a better place to live. Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the cities in general as well as within is essential to open-up ideas for initiatives towards providing sustainable urban regions on the overall goal towards contributing the Resilient City. Numerous factors need to be considered and their status mapped in order to feed and enliven the urban model.

It will be discussed, how standardized and well-fitting customizations of Earth Information Services can benefit to the decision making sector, and raise the awareness at supra-regional, regional and local level.

Contributions will be shown based on selected South American cities. (Bogota, Lima and Quito) as representative metropoles within one continent, showing severe differences and homogenities in structure.


Exploiting Deep Learning and Volunteered Geographic Information for Large-Scale Building Mapping

Jiangye Yuan

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, United States of America

Building maps are critical geospatial data for various applications ranging from population estimation to disaster management. However, due to the high cost for large-scale mapping, such data are severely lacked in terms of quality, completeness, and sustainability, especially in the developing world. We introduce a new approach that leverages deep neural networks and volunteered geographic information to reliably and efficiently extract buildings from satellite images. We design a deep convolutional network with a simple structure enabling pixel-wise prediction based on multi-layer information and introduce a special output representation with an enhanced representation power. To train networks, we generate labeled data using building footprints from OpenStreetMap with limited quality and quantity. The approach has reliably mapped buildings in very large areas, where most buildings do not exist in any maps before. This work significantly enhances current capabilities of mapping buildings in resource-constrained settings.

4:45pm - 5:30pmClosing Plenary: Closing Plenary


Preston Auditorium 

Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Ana Revenga

The World Bank, United States of America

To be completed


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