Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Date: Friday, 24/Mar/2017
9:00am - 10:30am13-01: Survey Solutions CAPI/CAWI System of Mobile Data Collection
Session Chair: Michael Lokshin, World Bank, United States of America
MC 2-800 

MasterClass: Survey solutions

Michael Lokshin

World Bank, United States of America

9:00am - 10:30am13-02: Using UAVs, GIS, and the Cloud for Land Administration

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MC C1-100 

Could We Cadaster Faster in an Integrated IT System by using UAVs with GIS Services in a Cloud Infrastructure?

Mihnea Mihailescu

Teamnet Group, Romania

There is a significant number of geographies around the world where the percentage of land with cadaster and land books registered in an integrated IT system is rather low and increasing it is a real challenge for all stakeholders: the governmental institution managing the domain, surveyors, IT businesses and citizens.

In order to improve the duration and costs of mass registration we analyze the involvement of modern technologies along the process, automation of eligible registration sub-processes, usage of UAVs for faster field data collection and storing and sharing all work in progress in the cloud infrastructure. We measure the improvements and analyze their impact on quality and total cost of ownership to determine whether such improvements are a real “win” for all stakeholders. We will compare the mass registration process in several scenarios with different levels of automation on the sub-processes and study the decrease of the duration or cost of sub-processes, the decrease in number of validation iterations and the improvement of public registration service transparency for the citizens.

We will conduct several demonstrations using own software suite for cadaster in order to explore the features and benefits of such products.

9:00am - 10:30am13-03: MasterClass: Mapathon!

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MC C1-200 

Mapathon for land! A masterclass in Open Mapping

Mikel Maron

Mapbox, United States of America

OpenStreetMap is the free and open map of the entire world -- anyone can contribute, or use this commons for base map data. Learn hands on how it works, while creating mapping data for projects filling critical geodata needs in the land sector.

9:00am - 10:30am13-04: LandAc Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue

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MC 6-100 

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue In Land Governance: Lessons Learned And Ways Forward

Lucy Oates, Gemma Betsema

LANDac (Netherlands Academy for Land Governance), Netherlands, The


9:00am - 10:30am13-05: Screening Prospective Investors

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MC 7-100 

Screening Prospective Investors

William Speller1, Hafiz Mirza1, Asuka Okumura2, Paul Gardner Yvelin De Beville2, Duncan Pringle2, Chris Brett2

1UNCTAD, Switzerland; 2World Bank, USA

Financial and operational success is an essential pre-condition for agricultural investments to make a positive contribution to development. Yet a significant proportion of investors fail, many for reasons that should have been foreseen at the outset of the project. And there is great variation in the extent to which investments deliver development benefits. This underscores the importance of sound pre-screening procedures by host country governments when approached by investors.

The pre-screening capacity and procedures of host governments may not be sufficiently functional to successfully screen out investors with unrealistic business models. There appears to be a dearth of guidance available to governments on how to effectively screen out investors that have deficiencies in their plans, and screen in investors that make a positive contribution to the country's development goals. A frequent weakness pre-investment procedures is a failure to properly assess the land tenure implications. This can occur due to lax due diligence on the part of investors, or due to weaknesses in host country land legislation or application thereof. This Master Class will focus on how governments may improve their screening system, with an emphasis on addressing risks related to access to land for land-based investments.

9:00am - 10:30am13-06: Its4land - 7 Innovations, 7 Lessons, 70 Minutes

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MC 8-100 

Its4land - 7 Innovations, 7 lessons, 70 minutes

Rohan Bennett1, Jaap Zevenbergen2, Tarek Zein1, Mila Koeva1, Serene Ho3, Joep Crompvoets3

1University of Twente (ITC), The Netherlands; 2Hansa Luftbild, Germany; 3KU Leuven, Belgium

In this masterclass we'll unpack the 7 new tools 'its4land' for land is creating, the lessons we've learned in trying to build them, and also seek to get you involved in the development process. All this in 70 minutes (+20).

9:00am - 10:30am13-07: Land & Forest Tenure Reform for Policymakers & Practitioners

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MC 9-100 

Land And Forest Tenure Reform Implementation And Tenure Security: An Orientation for Policy Makers And Practitioners

Anne Larson, Esther Mwangi, Mani Banjade

Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia

What is tenure security? What are the key factors influencing forest tenure security? How can the tenure rights of multiple actors (men, women, indigenous groups etc) be secured during reform implementation? How can tenure security be advanced during reform implementation? These are some of the questions that participants will explore during this Masterclass session. The session will draw heavily from ongoing research and action under CIFORs Global Comparative Study on tenure reform implementation and from related initiatives by CAPRi, FAO and the International Land Coalition.

The main objective of this masterclass is to enable participants to better understand the concept of land and forest tenure security, its multi-dimensional nature, linkages of tenure reforms with people’s livelihoods and key future initiatives to secure the rights of forest and land dependent communities. The session will also introduce participants to Participatory Prospective Analysis, a collaborative approach for analyzing tenure threats and for identifying options for tenure security. Masterclass will establish a community of practice and will be engaged over the course of the next two years in subsequent learning activities including a tenure café, electronic consultation and regional forums aimed at deepening our understanding of how to secure tenure rights in multiple settings.

9:00am - 10:30am13-08: Land Tools for Secure Tenure for All

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MC 10-100 

Land Tools for Secure Tenure for All

Danilo Antonio, Cyprian Selebalo, John Gitau, Samuel Mabikke

United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Kenya

Established in 2006, the Global Land Tool Network is a growing coalition of more than 70 international partners concerned with rural and urban land issues, working together to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through promoting secure land and property rights for all, demonstrated through country-level interventions. The Network builds on a shared understanding that delivering land rights to the poor requires a development of pro-poor land tools at scale within the framework of the continuum of land rights approach. Access to land and secure tenure is a key requisite to alleviate poverty, food security and promote sustainable development in developing countries.

The global agenda, as set out by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), includes six goals (goals 1, 2, 5, 11, 15 and 16) which have a significant land component mentioned in the targets; the implementation of the pro-poor land tools will not only support the promotion of tenure security and sustainable use of land but will also provide a means of measuring them.

The overall objective of the MasterClass will be to provide an overview of GLTN land tools, including the Fit for Purpose Land Administration, and application contexts.

9:00am - 10:30am13-09: The Root of the Measure: Methodological Experiment

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MC C2-125 

The Root of the Measure: Methodological Experiment on Cassava Production and Variety Identification

Heather Moylan1, Talip Kilic1, John Ilukor1, Innocent Phiri2

1World Bank; 2Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

This paper reports results from a randomized methodological experiment conducted across 5 top-cassava districts and 45 enumeration areas in Malawi from July 2015 - August 2016. In each EA, sampled cassava households were randomly assigned to harvest diaries or two 6-month recall surveys or a single 12-month recall survey for collecting information on cassava production. The diary sample was further randomized into equal halves that received either in-person visits by enumerators or mobile phone calls to monitor diary completion. Multivariate analyses will estimate the impact on annual household cassava production estimates stemming from 3 treatment arms in comparison to what is often touted as the gold standard: diary with in-person visits. Inter-arm relative accuracy and cost estimates will be provided, with a focus on exploring the feasibility of conducting mobile phone surveys. On objective cassava variety identification, similar analyses will be undertaken for the use of (i) farmer-reported variety name, and (ii) photo library of morphological descriptors, vis-à-vis DNA fingerprinting of cassava leaf samples obtained from one randomly-selected plot for all 1,260 households across the treatment arms, in which crop cutting was also conducted to provide an upper-bound benchmark for production and productivity measurement.

9:00am - 10:30am13-10: Low Cost Valuation Methodologies

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MC C2-131 

Low Cost Valuation Methodologies with Excel and ArcGIS Online

Brent Jones1, Larry Clark2

1Esri, United States of America; 2International Association of Assessment Officials (IAAO)

Equitable and defensible property tax is dependent on fair, accurate, and equitable real estate valuation. In developed economies, these are complex systems that use dozens of variables to calculate value, require expert knowledge to operate and support, and take months or years to implement. There are alternative methodologies that deliver fair and equitable valuation and mapping capabilities for analysis and publication. This class will present how to use Excel and ArcGIS Online to build a sustainable, low cost, accurate valuation system.

9:00am - 10:30am13-11: Fit-for-Purpose Approach to Land Administration in Africa

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MC C2-135 

Implementing a Fit-For-Purpose Approach to Land Administration in Sub-Sahara Africa

Robin McLaren1, Stig Enemark1, Oumar Sylla2, Kathrine Kelm3

1FIG; 2GLTN; 3World Bank Group

The workshop will discuss about the opportunities and constraints related to closing the security of tenure gap in Sub-Sahara African countries. Although focused on Sub-Sahara African countries, experiences from other countries around the world can be part of the Master Class discussion.

The workshop will include some short statements from FIG, GLTN and World Bank related to the opportunities provided by implementing a Fit-For-Purpose approach to building national land administration systems providing secure tenure for all. This will be followed by short presentations from three African countries focusing on the benefits and constraints related to implementing this kind of flexible and scalable system.

There is an urgent need to build simple and basic systems within a relatively short timeframe and using a flexible and affordable approach to identify the way land is occupied and used - whether these land rights are legal or locally legitimate. The systems need to be simple and flexible in terms of spatial identification, legal regulations and institutional arrangements to meet the actual needs in society today and they can then be incrementally improved over time. This, in turn, will facilitate economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability.

9:00am - 10:30am13-12: MasterClass: High Council of Notaries
Session Chair: Lionel Galliez, International Union of Notaries (UINL), France
MC 6-860 

What Role for Notaries in Strengthening Land Tenure Security

Willy Giacchino

Conseil supérieur du notariat, France

9:00am - 10:30am13-13: Experience from Russian Land Administration Reform

Translation Russian, Masterclass by Rosreestr- Russian registry 

J 1-050 

Experience sharing Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr)

Konstantin Koltoniuk

Rosreestr, Russian Federation

This masterclass is devoted to the main aspects of reforming the system of registration of real property rights and land administration in the Russian Federation (creation of a single government body, improvement of legislation, reduction of terms of registration of real property rights and cadastral registration, creation of a unified database, introduction of a single procedure of registration, creation a public resource on land, capital construction facilities and the borders of objects of land management).

The theme of creation of a unified information resource that includes information about capital construction facilities, land plots and rights to them is presented.

The masterclass addresses to issues of improving the quality and accessibility of public services in the field of registration of real property rights and cadastral accounting for citizens and business.

Reforming the system of registration of real property rights and cadastral registration in Russia resulted in reduction of terms of service provision, development of e-services, systematization of information on real property units and rights to them.

9:00am - 10:30am13-14: Introduction to Remote Sensing and Public Data
Session Chair: Ran Goldblatt, UC San Diego, United States of America

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MC C2-142 

Introduction to Remote Sensing and Publicly Accessible Data

Ran Goldblatt



9:00am - 10:30am13-15: MasterClass: Google Earth Engine
Session Chair: Nicholas Clinton, Google, United States of America

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J B1-065 
9:00am - 3:00pmGlobal Donor Working Group on Land (by invitation only)
MC 13-121 
9:00am - 4:00pmField Trip: Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue in Stafford County (Virginia, USA)

How is land administration, revenue collection and valuation, land acquision and  land use planning organised and regulated in the  USA? Join us in Stafford County, Virginia, on this fieldtrip hosted by the Commissioner of the Revenue at the County Assessor’s office and organized with support of Thomson Reuters. Departure  at 9:00am with an estimated return around 4:00 PM. Pre-registration required via:

10:30am - 11:00amCoffee Break
Front Lobby 
10:30am - 2:00pmCIFOR Research Team - Closed Meeting


MC 7-860 
11:00am - 12:30pm14-01: MasterClass: Adept
Session Chair: Michael Lokshin, World Bank, United States of America


MC 2-800 

MasterClass: Adept

Michael Lokshin

World Bank, United States of America

11:00am - 12:30pm14-02: Land Administration Software Customization Using InnoLa

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MC C1-100 

Examples Of Land Administration Software Customization Using InnoLA Framework

Maksym Kalyta, Vasyl Melnychuk

Innola Solutions, Inc., United States of America

This master class invites professionals and government employees who is interested to understand how software tools, used to manage property registration process, can be adjusted and tailored for particular user’s needs with use of modern technologies. The purpose of the class is to present a real case scenario of the client requirements for implementation of a certain business process and illustrate how it is fulfilled using the software. The most important aspect is to illustrate that this rather complicated customization exercise might be performed by accordingly trained professional without the need to get into hard core software development aspects. During 90-minutes session, we will customize on the fly our web-based registration software called InnoLA, which is deployed as NLIS in Uganda. InnoLA is a modern, web-based professional open software framework for registering, managing and distributing real property objects and related data fully compliant with the LADM ISO standard.

Using Grant of Freehold transaction as an example, we will demo further enhancement and changes of the system, including modification of the system workflow definition; customization of data entry form and its associated fields; change of the existing business rule etc.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-03: Economic Appraisal of Land and Geospatial Projects

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MC C1-200 

Economic Appraisal for Land and Geospatial Projects

Andrew Coote1, Aanchal Anand2, Alan Smart3

1Consultingwhere Ltd, United Kingdom; 2World Bank; 3ACIL Allen

The tutorial will provide policy makers and geospatial specialists with an understanding of the application of economic principles and methodologies to socio-economic evaluations of geospatial projects across a range of domains but with a focus on the land sector. it will also cover techniques for the effective presentation of results to policy makers.

The master class will begin with a brief tutorial on the combination of methodologies used in recent national scales studies from developed and developing countries. These will focus on cost-benefit analysis and General Equilibrium Modelling. A further tutorial will cover some of the other techniques currently used in appraisals, ending with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each.

In the second part of the session, we will use a case study to illustrate the trade-offs in evaluating a proposed investment from the perspective of different stakeholders.

The following questions will be addressed: which methodology is appropriate to different circumstances; what strategies are effective to communicate the message;

how are non-financial considerations factored in the analysis.

This session will involve dividing the delegates in groups who will consider these perspectives and design an "elevator pitch" to present their conclusions.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-04: Guide to the Valuation of Unregistered Land

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MC 6-100 

Introducing a Guide to the Valuation of Unregistered Land

Michael McDermott1, Matt Myers2, Cyprian Selabalo3, Danilo Antonio3, Chryssy Potsiou4, Steven Nystrom4

1Global Property Advisory, Australia; 2South Pacific Property Advisors, Fiji; 3UN-HABITAT/GLTN; 4FIG

For years now, authors of this paper have reported in conferences such as this upon the difficulties of valuing property rights over real estate when there is little or no evidence available to support any such valuation. Because no two pieces of land are identical to one another, these difficulties are endemic in the land valuation profession. However, markets differ markedly in terms of degrees of difficulty of reading them. Amongst the most difficult in that respect can be valuations of unregistered land.

A major variable in terms of those degrees of difficulty is the transparency and accountability of the land information infrastructure for that market. But that is by no means the only one, because markets emerge from free relationships between people, not machines. If a transaction is not the result of free and usual engagement by willing, knowledgeable and prudent parties by the standards of the market concerned, then it is not evidence of market value. If it is such a transaction, and meets the other requirements of the IVSC definition of market value, then it is evidence of value.

This paper introduces a guidebook for the valuation of such land.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-05: Responsible Governance of Tenure: Technical Guide

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MC 7-100 
11:00am - 12:30pm14-06: Mobile Field Data Collection

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MC 8-100 

Mobile and Disconnected Field Data Collection

Bryan Lane, Scott Pakula

PIXIA Corp, United States of America

The Mobile and Disconnected Field Data Collection Master Class will demonstrate the use of OGC services and standards to deliver rich data collected in the field to the enterprise. The demonstration will take into account that collectors in the field will require the ability to collect geospatial data on a mobile device in disconnected or network disadvantaged environments, deliver that data back to an established enterprise, and conduct analysis on the collected data. The Master Class will cover:

• Using OGC services to enable map and imagery data

• Converting map and imagery data from the enterprise server to mobile data suited for phones and tablets

• Collecting quantitative and qualitative data in the field with mobile applications

• Updating the enterprise with field data for analysis

There will be time allocated for questions on use cases and operating the software and mobile applications at the end.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-07: Towards Sustainable Pastoralism: The FAO VGGT Guide 6

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MC 9-100 

Towards Sustainable Pastoralism Through Improving Governance of Pastoral Lands: Implementation of the FAO VGGT Governance of Techncial Guide No. 6

Vivian Onyango1, Gregorio VelascoGil1, Fiona Flintan2, Jonathan Davies3

1Pastoralist Knowledge Hub (PKH), FAO,; 2International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); 3World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP)/International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Pastoralism, the extensive production of livestock in rangelands is practiced all over the world. However pastoralism as a land use system is hampered by poor tenure security and governance. In 2016 FAO launched “Improving Governance of Pastoral Lands: Implementing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.” This Guide builds on a number of initiatives and studies from recent years that have shone a light on pastoral governance and land tenure: on the inherent challenges pastoralists face, the shortcomings of governments in securing pastoral tenure, and the emerging examples of success and progress from around the world. The Guide also gives direction for developing a Pastoral Policy This paper summarises and discusses the content of the Guide and considers its application in different contexts. It draws from the experiences of several case studies to illustrate how best the guideline can be used, and what impacts its application will have.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-08: Emerging Alternative Land Tools in MENA and Asia

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MC 10-100 

Emerging Alternative Land And Financing Tools In MENA And Asia

M. Siraj Sait1, Jean Du Plessis2, Reza Pourvaziry3

1University of East London, United Kingdom; 2UN-Habitat, Global Land Tool Network, Kenya; 3International City Leaders, Canada

Most countries in the MENA region and parts of Asia have dual land economy systems and pluralist legal frameworks. Apart from conventional land financing tools, participative and ethical finance models are accelerating newer opportunities for land development. For example, Islamic finance is now estimated globally at over $2 trillion driving much of real estate, infrastructure and development business with their potential recently recognised in mainstream land discourse. Similarly, several innovative land tenure practices in these regions offer supplemental tools for strengthening sustainable land access and governance. This Masterclass focuses on some key distinctive concepts, tools and practices emerging from these alternate methods. In addition to identifying the main products and their compatibility with conventional systems, the session offers a practical overview of trends in countries ranging from the UAE, Iran and Saudi Arabia to Malaysia, Pakistan and Indonesia. The effectiveness of 'ethical' finance, its participative risk-sharing features, community land-based products and land investment bonds are assessed in facilitating equitable land rights and governance. Their contribution to financial inclusion, gender equality and youth employment in conflict, disaster or transition communities is also explored. The Masterclass would interest researchers, policy makers, civil society partners and project managers working in MENA and Asia.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-09: Development of a Global Land Index

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MC C2-125 

Demonstrating Development of First Global Land Index

Vrajlal Sapovadia

Techno Consult, India

Land, climate & human are the major critical actors of world history & development. “Buy land, they're not making it anymore", said Mark Twain. Land is a precious resource, the bedstead in which seeds of development are sown. Every activity on the earth requires land as founding support. This research is to develop Global Land index based on a brain storming session conducted in 2016 Land Poverty Conference held in World Bank. The objective of developing Land Index is to improve the lives of people around the world, particularly the bottom of pyramid, by helping government, the private sector and the civil society to collaborate more effectively and make better access and use of the scarce but constant resources to solve economic, social and environmental problems

11:00am - 12:30pm14-10: Earth Observation For Sustainable Development

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MC C2-131 

Earth Observation for Sustainable development: agriculture and rural development

David Annandale1, Evelyn Aparicio2, Anna Burzykowska3, Remco Dost4, Eva Haas5, Silvia Huber6, Annemarie Klaasse4, Parya Pasha Zadeh7, Almudena Rodriguez8, Bastiaan Roos2, Niels Wielaard9, Raul Zurita-Milla7

1Lahmeyer International, Germany; 2Nelen en Schuurmans, the Netherlands; 3European Space Agency ESA, Italy; 4eLEAF BV, the Netherlands; 5GeoVille, Austria; 6DHI-GRAS, Denmark; 7Faculty of Geo Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, the Netherlands; 8SpaceTec, Belgium; 9Satelligence, the Netherlands

Satellite Earth Observation (EO) has a tremendous potential to inform and facilitate international development work by providing evidences that can lead to improved land governance schemes. Since 2008 the European Space Agency (ESA) has worked with Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and their client countries to harness the benefits of EO in their operations and resources management. Recently, ESA started an initiative aiming at a more systematic approach in order to meet longer-term strategic geospatial information needs in both developing countries and international and regional developing organizations. This initiative brings together ESA, MDBs, client countries and European companies and knowledge institutes to work together towards the large scale exploitation of satellite data in support of international development by providing a suite of EO-based services and organizing various capacity building and communication activities. The goal of this masterclass is to share the state of the art of EO-based services for evidence based sustainable development. This will be done by demonstrating the use and benefits of these services in Agriculture and Rural Development. This masterclass will also show use cases based on our work with the World Bank group, the Asian Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-11: Leveraging Land: Land-Based Finance

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MC C2-135 

Leveraging Land: Land-based Finance for Local Governments

Lawrence Walters1, Liz Paterson2, Jean duPlessis2, Rebecca Ochong2

1Brigham Young University, United States of America; 2UN-Habitat

UN-Habitat and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) have released a new (2016) training package for land-based local government financing tools. This masterclass will introduce the package’s content and training methods. The package combines three powerful elements: (1) a discussion of the seven most common tools and a summary of the most recent literature on each, presented in a reader; (2) 21 case studies illustrating both strengths and weaknesses in the application of the tools, and (3) an interactive joint learning environment that can be adapted to the needs of participants and promotes learning through the development of individualized action plans. The seven tools covered are the annual tax on land and property, including the site value tax; betterment charges and special assessments; developer exactions and impact fees; land value capture taxes; the sale of development rights; the sale and leasing of public lands; and transfer taxes and stamp duties. The masterclass will focus on the package content, structure and training strategies. Participants will be asked to assess the relevance of, and potential for the training in their own context.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-12: Land Contracts: Tools & Strategies for Greater Transparency

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MC 6-860 

Land Contracts: Tools and Strategies for Greater Transparency and More Responsible Investments

Jesse Coleman1, Kaitlin Cordes1, Sam Szoke-Burke1, Carin Smaller2, Mohamed Coulibaly2, Francine Picard2, William Speller2

1Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, United States of America; 2International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada

Contracts often form a crucial element of the frameworks that govern land-based investments, defining parties’ responsibilities, allocating risks and benefits, and affecting a range of socio-economic and environmental issues. Yet investment contracts for commercial agriculture and forestry projects are often negotiated without the involvement of key stakeholders, approved through opaque decision-making procedures, and rarely made publicly available. These characteristics can lead to agricultural investments that fall short of recommendations regarding responsible investment and land governance, and fail to contribute to the sustainable development objectives of host countries.

This MasterClass, co-organized by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), will present a range of tools, strategies, and lessons learned regarding land contracts and their implications for responsible land-based investments. The Class will include: an interactive discussion of key recommendations from IISD regarding the negotiation of land contracts; an interactive presentation of; guided contracts exercise; and a Q&A session.

The MasterClass aims to provide participants with tools and knowledge to support: improved understanding and analysis of land contracts; better understanding of the implications of land-based investment projects; and more informed decision-making regarding the negotiation of land contracts.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-13: Land policy reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo
J 1-050 

Progress and outlook of land reform and land use policy in RDC -I

Floribert Bayengeha Nyamwoga

D.R. CONGO OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT, Congo, Democratic Republic of the

11:00am - 12:30pm14-14: Introduction to Google Earth Engine
Session Chair: Nicholas Clinton, Google, United States of America

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MC C2-142 

Introduction to Google Earth Engine

Nicholas Clinton

Google, United States of America

Google Earth Engine is a cloud-based platform for advanced geospatial analysis at scale. This class will introduce the Google Earth Engine Code Editor, an online development environment for coding with the Earth Engine JavaScript API. The Code Editor gives you access to over 800 geospatial operations which you can apply to your own data, and to the imagery in the Earth Engine data catalog. You will learn how to access imagery, create composites, run analyses over stacks of images, compute statistics, create charts, and export the results of your analyses. You will also learn all the JavaScript you'll need to know to become an Earth Engine API expert.

11:00am - 12:30pm14-15: Using Google Earth Engine for Advanced Analysis I
Session Chair: Ran Goldblatt, UC San Diego, United States of America

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J B1-065 

Introduction to Google Earth Engine

Ran Goldblatt

UC San Diego, United States of America

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12:30pm - 1:30pmILC: International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists

Contact ILC Rangelands Initiative: Fiona Flinton:

MC 9-100 
12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch
Front Lobby 
1:30pm - 3:00pm15-01: Elevating Land Rights beyond the Development Community

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MC 2-800 

How to Elevate Land Rights Within the Development Community and Beyond: Messaging, Advocacy and Communications

Chris Jochnick1, Stephanie Keene2, Paola Totaro3, Anne Shaffer Myers4, Wael Zakout5, Neil Sorensen6, Cristina Cambiaghi7

1Landesa, United States of America; 2Rights and Resources Initiative, United States of America; 3Thomson Reuters Foundation, United Kingdom; 4Habitat for Humanity International, United States of America; 5World Bank Group, United States of America; 6Land Portal, The Netherlands; 7International Land Coalition, Italy

Do you want to learn what others in the land sector have done to successfully advance land rights policy initiatives? Would you like to connect with your peers in land rights to help each other think through communicating effectively about the benefits of land rights to various stakeholders? Hear from land rights activists, policymakers and communicators from across the globe as they share what works to promote the importance of securing land rights and connecting our issue to other global causes.

What you will learn:

• Messaging and communications activities that elevate the importance of land rights in the international development community and the general public.

• Strategies and good practices to advocate successfully, including examples of successful advocacy campaigns.

• How to mobilize existing supporters and new allies around the world to motivate policymakers at all levels of government to change policies and systems to improve access to land.

This 90-minute MasterClass will consist of a roundtable discussion with a moderator and five panelists.

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-02: Mass Appraisal of Land Values

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MC C1-100 

Where Do We Begin?

Charley Colatruglio, Larry Clark

International Association of Assessng Officers, United States of America

One of the earliest applications of mass appraisal techniques is the cost approach. Of the three classic approaches to estimating value (cost, comparable sales and income) the cost approach is the easiest to learn and apply.

Based on the principle of substitution, which states that a buyer will pay no more for an improvement than the cost of constructing another improvement of equal utility, the cost approach is dependent on data that is readily available virtually everywhere. The user needs to establish the cost of building an improvement of average quality and size and the relative contribution of different levels of quality and additional amenities. Each of these can be placed in a schedule that forms the basis for future cost estimates.

One of the benefits of the cost approach is the ability to separate the land and the building values. The steps in applying this approach are to calculate the value of the land on which the improvement is to be located. Calculate the cost of constructing the improvement. Subtract the total amount of accrued depreciation from that total cost and, finally, add the result to the land value.

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-03: Land Management Ecosystems

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MC C1-200 

Land Management Ecosystems — Challenges, Enablers and the Future

Diego Molano3, Philip Auerswald1, Pranab Choudhury2, Camilo Pardo1, Sachin Garg1

1George Mason University, United States of America; 2Center for Land Governance, NR Management Consultants India Pvt. Ltd.; 3Formerly ICT Minister, Government of Colombia

This masterclass aims to explore and advance “end-to-end systems thinking” as a novel paradigm in land records management. By end-to-end systems thinking we mean a holistic integration of the front end of land management systems (including community engagement, formal and informal land rights, public policy, and culture) with the backend (including databases, data systems, and administrative processes). In the masterclass, a group of experienced professionals will discuss

* Key current challenges in land records management;

* The present state of the art in the field; and

* How novel combinations of public policies, community engagement strategies, and applications of Information and Communication Technologies may link the front- and back-ends of land records management.

Our intention is that the class contributes to an ongoing paradigm shift in the land records management by applying end-to-end systems thinking.


Mr. Diego Vega, former Minister of ICT, Colombia

Professor Philip Auerswald, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, USA (GMU)

Mr. Pranab Ranjan Choudhury, Center for Land Governance, NRMC India Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Camilo Pardo, Doctoral Student, Schar School of Policy and Government, GMU, formerly with the government of Columbia

Mr. Sachin Garg, Doctoral Candidate, Schar School of Policy and Government, GMU

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-04: People-Centred Land Monitoring – the Dashboard

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MC 6-100 

Contributing to SDGs and VGGTs through people-centred land monitoring – the Dashboard

Ward Anseeuw

CIRAD / International Land Coalition, Italy

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-05: Gender and Responsible Agricultural Investment in Africa

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MC 7-100 

Gender and Responsible Large Scale Land Based Investment in Agriculture in Africa: A Gendered Guide on Meaningful Community Engagement

Eileen Wakesho Mwagae1, Francine Picard2

1Oxfam Pan Africa Programme; 2International Institute for Sustainable Development

Oxfam and its partner, International Institute for Sustainable Development have developed a gendered guide intended to provide an overview of the key steps in the Large Scale Land Based Investment (LSLBI) process while defining what women and community engagement looks like through the evolution of the process. It seeks to provide a resource for women, communities and those seeking to empower them by addressing associated issues in a simplified manner

The guide is specifically intended for use by women, communities, their organizers and their facilitators once they discover an LSLBI is proposed or underway in their area. The guide highlights five key entry points which communities can use to influence the LSLBI process through organized and targeted engagement. The guide is intended to help maximize women and community’s ability to engage meaningfully in LSLBI processes.

The guide development process was informed by community consultations in sampled countries among Communities affected by LSLBI. The countries include Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal and Zambia. While by no means providing all the evidence required, the information gathered from these countries was critical in development of the tools.

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-06: Handbook of Geospatial Best Practices

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MC 8-100 

Handbook of Geospatial Best Practices for Land Governance

Stephen Calder

Adam Smith International, Ltd., United States of America

As one of the inalienable elements of land governance, anyone who works within the discipline is working within the geospatial dimension, literally and figuratively. Therefore, land administration professionals should be conversant in it properties; capable in the collection, storage and manipulation, and proper application of geospatial information.

This paper serves to introduce a handbook for land administration professionals, especially those involved in intervention work in developing nations. There are many textbooks on mapping and surveying and geospatial analysis, but this writing is specifically for land administrators and international development professionals.

The intention of the handbook is to impart competence and professionalism in the geospatial aspect of land governance; to provide the knowledge and tools necessary to carry out spatial positioning and the reporting of and handling of geographic data.

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-07: Forest Governance Market and Climate Program

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MC 9-100 

Forest Governance Market and Climate Programme (FGMC)

Francesca Marzatico02, Hugh Speechly01, Sandra Thiam03, Art Blundell04

1Palladium; 2Palladium; 3European Forest Institute; 4Forest Trends

Deforestation and forest degradation harm biodiversity, contribute to climate change and increase poverty. From 2010 to 2015, 32.5 million ha of natural forest - an area larger than Norway - was lost. Evidence suggests that for every million hectares of forest destroyed, up to a billion tonnes of CO2 (equivalent) are lost into the atmosphere. Close to 1.6 billion people – more than 25% of the world’s population – rely on forest resources for their livelihoods and most of them (1.2 billion) use trees on farms to generate food and cash. Forest clearance primarily for large-scale agriculture and illegal logging resulting in forest degradation, and the related trade in commodities and timber, therefore also deprive forest-dependent people of their livelihoods.

The master class aims at enhancing knowledge on forestry governance related issues and on how these contribute to poverty reduction while supporting sustainable development, market growth, equity and land rights. It also aims at expanding the community of practitioners with the purpose of exchanging information and lessons learned in order to enhance effectiveness of actions. It will do so through a participatory methodology including presentation, Q&A session and group discussions.

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-08: The Social Tenure Domain Model

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MC 10-100 

Actualizing Standards and Interoperability, Participatory Enumerations and Mapping through the Social Tenure Domain Model

Danilo Antonio, John Gitau, Cyprian Selebalo, Hellen Nyamweru, Everlyne Nairesiae

United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Kenya

Global Land Tool Network, facilitated by UN-Habitat, has been developing the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM), which is a pro-poor, participatory and affordable land tool for capturing person-to-land relationships cognizant of the land rights continuum. STDM as it stands seeks to broaden the land administration framework by providing alternative to the institutional, technical and fiscal gaps in conventional land administration system.

STDM makes it possible to bring the social element into land administration by:

- Recognizing informal tenure arrangements based on the continuum of land rights;

- Unpacking existing social tenures, by means of classifications and coding of land rights and inclusion of those tenure types in data collection and maintenance;

- Opening options for innovative and incremental approaches to improving tenure security by means of conversions;

- Bridging the gap between informal systems and formal systems that emphasize titles by means of standardized approaches allowing legal and technical interoperability between basic land recordation and formal registrations;

- Giving a snap-shot of the ‘people-land’ relationships at any given time.

The overall objective of the MasterClass will be to provide an overview of the STDM tool as well as its use and application in different areas

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-09: Women's Claim Making Strategies

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MC C2-125 

The Culture Of Land Ownership: Women's Claim Making Strategies

Shipra Deo, Govind Kelkar

Landesa, India

The structural causes of gender-based discrimination result in high inequalities for women in social, political and economic spheres. In Agricultural Census of India 2011, approximately 13 percent of operational holders are women, while 79 percent of women workforce is engaged in agriculture. The fact that women do not have rights to land is largely due to the interaction between the state institutions and the socio-cultural norms which usually have their origins in patriarchal values and practices.

The state institutions, which are responsible for policy making, grapple between equality-based discussions and their own cultural beliefs that are supported by the political elite (who themselves are nurtured with gendered norms of power). As a result the policies turn ineffective in ensuring land rights to women.

Landesa’s work shows that attaining gender equality in land rights is as much dependent on overcoming social and cultural constraints as on legal recognition of the rights.

The proposed masterclass would address:

• The socio-cultural norms and practices in the developing world that define patriarchal dominance in the state and community institutions.

• Various ways in which women, nonetheless, have claimed their rights to land and assets

• Positive outcomes coming up as a consequence of various interventions by Landesa

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-10: ICT Tools to Strengthen the Disaster Resilience

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MC C2-131 

ICT Tool For Capacity Building To Strengthen The Disaster Resilience

Kuo-Yu Chuang, Meng-Min Chen

GeoThings Inc.

To strengthen the disaster resilience, we need various kinds of data for pre-disaster preparedness, in-disaster response, and post-disaster relief. Together with local government agency and community, GeoThings provides the ICT tool, named geoBingAn (究平安), to collect the data about disaster. This ICT tool has straightforward UI, is able to cache map, also can leverage the geo-tagged SMS for working in remote or rural area with bad connectivity.

In this training, we will introduce the scenarios and go through the work flow for:

(1) How and what to update for the existing OSM building data to know the vulnerability.

(2) How and what to survey for disaster preparedness and plan for evacuation.

(3) How and what to report during disaster as crisis mapping for a in-time response.

This geoBingAn tool is currently adopted by Asian Development Bank pilot project, "Applying Space-Based Technology and Information and Communication Technology to Strengthen Disaster Resilience", for Armenia, Bangladesh, Philippines, and Fiji. And not only for disaster, this tool can further be leveraged for baseline survey to agricultural survey, land usage, IDSR, and WASH. Come and join us to know more about this Humanitarian ICT, we look forward to your participation!

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-11: MasterClass: Follow the Money to Justice

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MC 6-860 

Follow the Money to Justice

Natalie Bugalski

Inclusive Development International, United States of America

The MasterClass will present Inclusive Development International’s Follow the Money initiative - a new tool to identify and analyze the companies and investors behind projects that threaten local tenure rights. The tool is designed for advocates working to challenge harmful investment projects and defend community land rights.

Behind many investment projects is a web of actors, including local and transnational corporations and their subsidiaries; private and institutional equity and debt investors, commodity traders, refiners and retailers. Many of these actors are bound by laws and policies that require them to respect human rights and the environment. Others have visible brands and are highly concerned about their corporate image. These actors all have a degree of leverage over the investment projects and can use their influence to ensure that local land rights are respected, or violations are redressed after the fact.

But these investment chains are often invisible to the communities that they impact.

Using the Follow the Money tool, communities are made aware of key actors along investment chains of projects affecting them. The tool assesses the strongest pressure points so communities are able to determine where they should focus their resources to maximize the chances of successful engagement and advocacy.

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-12: Land policy reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo
J 1-050 

Progress and outlook of land reform and land use policy in RDC –I

Floribert Bayengeha Nyamwoga

D.R. CONGO OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT, Congo, Democratic Republic of the

1:30pm - 3:00pm15-13: Using Google Earth Engine for Advanced Analysis II
Session Chair: Ran Goldblatt, UC San Diego, United States of America

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MC C2-142 

using Google Earth Engine for Advanced Analysis

Ran Goldblatt