Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Location: MC 2-800
Date: Monday, 19/Mar/2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm00-04: Can block chains strengthen tenure security and facilitate service delivery?
Session Chair: Sigrid Johannisse, Embassy of the Netherlands, United States of America


MC 2-800 

Block Chains and Smart Contracts

Josephus van Erp

Maastricht University, Netherlands, The

Block chains in the Netherlands

Jacob Vos

Dutch Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster), Netherlands, The

Development of cadastral system in Ukraine: blockchain initiatives

Denis Bashlyk, Oleksandr Kolotilin

Stategeocadastre, Ukraine


Date: Tuesday, 20/Mar/2018
8:30am - 10:00am01-03: Land governance and poverty alleviation in China
Session Chair: Pushpam Kumar, UNEP, Kenya
MC 2-800 

A New Wave of Land Reforms in China: Conceptual Issues, Initial Evidence, and Avenues for Future Research

Songqing Jin

Zhejiang University, China, People's Republic of

to be filled


Targeted Poverty Alleviation in China since 2013: Central Government’s Plan and Typical Local Practices

Yurui Li

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, China, People's Republic of

to be filled

Targeted Poverty Alleviation and Land Policy Innovation in China: From Theory to Practices

Yang Zhou

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, People's Republic of

to be filled

10:30am - 12:00pm02-03: Harnessing New Technology for Land Data Capture & Management
Session Chair: Rohan Bennett, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
MC 2-800 

Scalable Platform Based On Open Source For Land Administration Systems

Sergiy Lizenko, Maksym Kalyta, Vasyl Melnychuk

Innola Solutions, Inc., United States of America

There is a strong tendency in the developments of national land administration projects funded by World Bank, USAID and other organizations to promote the solutions based open source.

Many proven technologies for specific land information components are based on open source. Unfortunately, segmental use of the open source and problems of integration and scaling up into national level system resulted in the overall low-efficiency of the efforts.

A group of seasoned professionals decided the time is ripe to change the game. Everywhere the ICT became a driver of the enterprises aligning with new business goals. Why not in land administration?

This article describes establishment of National Land Information System (NLIS) based on open source stack. The team of Innola Solutions (USA) has built a new land information platform – Innola Framework. In cooperation with IGN FI and GEOFIT (France), the consortium has implemented Uganda NLIS and work on other projects.


Harmonizing Laws and Regulations with New Technologies and Innovations in Land Administration

Tarek Zein

Hansa Luftbild AG, Germany

Over the last decade innovative technologies and methods have been developed to demarcate land parcels and register land rights in an inexpensive and swift way. These technologies, such as rectified imagery are now used by the fit-for-purpose land administration approach in order to register land rights systematically. Though these innovative technologies have been applied in some developing countries there is a time lag between such developments and existing land legislation. The land legislation in developing countries often appears to be out of date. In addition, the lack of or the existence of difficult to implement UAV regulations is hindering the drone operators to fly UAVs, making the usage of drones problematic. This paper presents a case study of some of the countries and describe their current drone regulations and land laws and recommends a harmonization of laws and regulations with new land registration methods and technologies.


Interconnected Donors: Sustainable Development from Pilot to Delivery at Scale

Kent Johan Ronny Nilsson1, Frank Pichel2, Maria Lodin3

1Lantmäteriet, Sweden; 2Cadasta Foundation, USA; 3Kartverket, Norway

How do we implement pilot projects so that they deliver sustainable, equitable, and efficient service delivery at scale? We believe the answer involves long-term donor commitment focusing on sustainable results through increased donor cooperation, through communication, flexibility, and gender equality. Sustained donor support provides the need time to achieve deliverables and ensure deep and extensive local commitment at all levels. This paper will show how we can improve the impact of our work and projects to make a sustainable difference in the everyday life of citizens. The authors of this paper have extensive international experience working with donors, the private sector, national cadastral systems, mapping and real property registration organizations, and international non-profit organizations. The parties are jointly working to ensure a more cost-efficient, sustainable, and equitable support to beneficiaries in developing countries.


Sharing Information to make better decisions about our World

Trevor Taylor

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), United States of America

Geospatial information and associated technologies are key to achieving resilience of local to national land management. The seamless ability to capture, visualize and manage land administration information relies on a level of interoperability that allows public and private sector information to be combined and organized efficiently for enhanced land management. New standardized ways to leverage, process, fuse and apply location data from imagery, drones/UAVs, mobile phones and a plethora of increasing inexpensive location aware devices is changing the norm in ways that strengthen land governance, sustainable land use, and/or support land administration services in urban and/or rural settings.

2:00pm - 3:30pm03-03: Increasing own-source revenue generation via improving land records
Session Chair: Roland White, The World Bank, United States of America
MC 2-800 

Property Tax Reform

Rajul Awasthi

World Bank, United States of America

Property tax reform


Land Taxes: An Opportunity to Make Urbanization Self-financing

Michael Blake

International Growth Centre, United Kingdom

As cities develop, they experience massive land value appreciation. Rising land values are not generated by the actions of the owner, but by an overall increase in demand for land, as well as infrastructure paid for with public funds. The government therefore has a clear ethical right to urban land value appreciation. Furthermore, if the government can capture rising urban land values, it can spark a virtuous cycle where rising land values fund the infrastructure investments that make the city more productive.

Yet many African cities have been unable to leverage rising land values for the common good, and instead appreciation is being captured by landowners. This presentation discusses potential ways to overcome political and administrative hurdles to increased land taxation in African cities.


The Potential for Taxing Urban Vacant Land in Kampala, Uganda

Astrid Haas, Mihaly Kopanyi

International Growth Centre, Uganda

In addition to the lost value, vacant urban land also presents a major urban planning challenge to cities. For example, in Kampala, there is a substantial amount of vacant land in the city centre as this is also where its value is high. This is inefficient for city growth, from a connectivity and a density perspective. Taxing land, however, can be an unpopular and therefore politically difficult undertaking. To be able to tax vacant land, national legislation will have to change and for KCCA to advocate for this, they will have to assess its necessity and feasibility in the context of Kampala. Therefore, this paper at the direct request and in close conjunction with the KCCA, will then use the urban cadastre from the central division to evaluate potential options that KCCA may have for introducing such a tax.


Harnessing Zambia’s Land Potential

Joseph Minango, Kelvin Chibangula

Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, Zambia

To be

3:45pm - 5:15pm04-03: Building on the SDGs to Assist Countries Meeting Land Degradation Neutrality Goals
Session Chair: Barbara Ryan, GEO Secretariat, Switzerland
MC 2-800 

The SDG Indicator on Land Degradation Neutrality

Melchiade Bukuru

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, United States of America

to be filled

Forests, Trees and Agroforestry: contribution to Land Degradation Neutrality

Robert Nasi

CIFOR, Indonesia

In this presentation we will highlight how Forests, trees and agroforestry, when adequately used, managed and governed, can play a central role in ensuring land degradation neutrality by restoring degraded lands, improving production systems, ensuring food security and nutrition, enhancing people’s livelihoods and addressing climate change. We will also present actions undertaken within the framework of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) contributing to the Land Degradation Neutrality initiative and its three indicators: Land cover, Land productivity, Carbon stocks.

FTA, led by CIFOR, is the world's largest research for development program to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development, food security and to address climate change.


Landscapes and Land Degradation Neutrality

Janet Ranganathan

World Resources Institute, United States of America

to be filled


The Economics of Land Degradation Neutrality in Asia

Pushpam Kumar

UNEP, Kenya

to be filled



Gregory Scott

United Nations Statistics Division, United States of America



Date: Wednesday, 21/Mar/2018
8:30am - 10:00am05-03: Land as key input for affordable housing
Session Chair: Catalina Marulanda, World Bank, United States of America
MC 2-800 

FSIs and Affordable Housing in Mumbai – the Experience of SRA

Deepak Kapoor

Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), India

The Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) was established in Mumbai in 1995 under the Maharashtra Slum Act. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra is the Chair Person of SRA and a super time scale IAS Officer is appointed as full time CEO of SRA. The main purpose of SRA is to innovatively use land as a resource and allow incentive FSI in the form of tenements for sale in the open market for cross subsidization of the Slum Rehabilitation tenements which are to be provided free of cost to the slum dwellers. For this, SRA serves as a Planning Authority for Greater Mumbai. SRA as its major function does following operations regarding slum rehabilitation –

• Planning and implementation;

• eligibility certification;

• eviction of non-participants;

• registration of Co-op Housing Societies; and

• Community development.

In all this, SRA acts as a “single window clearance” for slum rehabilitation schemes.


Replicating Success – Low Hanging Fruits and Key Challenges

Anaclaudia Rossbach

Cities Alliance, Brazil

to be filled

Stimulating Private Supply of Housing through Land Policies

Robin Rajack

Inter-American Development Bank, United States of America


10:30am - 12:00pm06-03: What role for data standards to sustain land administration services?
Session Chair: Cornelis de Zeeuw, Kadaster, Netherlands, The

The goals for land administration have been set: “land rights for all by 2030” (SDG’s). To achieve this, basic principles for land administrtion and data standards have been defined, that now should be brought to practice. This would help build sustainability, scalability, gradual development and affordability of land administration systems and approaches. The use of standards is essential and is now coming into a phase of practice.  It is shown that common agreement on these issues ask for common denominators in attributes, scale, time and location. ISO and OGC have a lead in the development of these standards. But donors, governments and private companies co-determine results and success. Open standards can be specifically developed for procurement and implementation of land administration systems.

MC 2-800 

Applying LADM/STDM in Donor Financed Projects

Wael Zakout

World Bank, United States of America

to be filled

Global Cooperation and Gains – Land Administration Standards - A Call to Further Action

Trevor Taylor

OGC, United States of America

Updating and modernizing interoperability for land administration and harmonizing existing efforts is complex and requires continued strong collaboration amongst standards development organizations, associations, and societies. Established and emerging Standards, models, domains, best practices and technologies including, but not limited to , OGC’s LandInfra, OGC CtiyGM/GML, ISO 19152 LADM, LandXML, BIM/IFC/3d Cadaster, Distributed Ledgers and Crypto location , RDF/Linked Data, GeoJSON , unified code list management and others are all pieces of the puzzle that hold the potential to improve global land administration. From an operational perspective, it is proposed the great gains made by the global community’s cooperation and collaboration move to the next step, which is the development of a pilot to help test how the various pieces, including implementations from technology providers, can help using scenarios that mimic operational requirements, with a focus on emerging nations.


Commercial Software and Interoperability

Tim Fella

ESRI, United States of America

People all over the world and across every field use ArcGIS to integrate and unify

data to make better decisions and empower people to see and share information

holistically. ArcGIS users have created countless essential GIS applications

across hundreds of thousands of organizations. For over 40 years, Esri has

focused on interoperability as a basic design principle of our products.

The ArcGIS platform is engineered to be open and interoperable. To create an

open system, Esri has adopted a multifaceted approach, which includes the


■ Leveraging Standards—IT and GIS standards

■ Open Architecture—Open APIs

■ Engaging Communities—Sharing applications and experiences

IT and Standards in Practice

Christiaan Lemmen

Kadaster, Netherlands, The

Processes and transactions in Land Administration are outside the scope of the Land Administration Domain Model Edition I published in 2012. Reason is that processes were considered to be country specific. Generic processes would be too difficult to model. This view needs reconsideration – given developments as Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration, Apps and blockchain.

In many countries different organizations have their own responsibilities in data maintenance and supply, but may communicate on the basis of standardised administrative and technical update processes. Operationalisation and implementation of LADM requires attention to this aspect - at least at conceptual level (not prescriptive). This will an issue in the development of LADM Edition II and this is the issue that is explored in this paper.


The Need for A Standard in Country Implementation

Javier Pérez Burgos

DNP, Colombia

to be filled

06-03-Pérez Burgos-1096_ppt.pdf
2:00pm - 3:30pm07-03: Learning from Responsible Land Investment Projects: Progress and Constraints
Session Chair: Chris Penrose Buckley, DFID, United Kingdom
MC 2-800 

Land & People: challenges and opportunities for non-resettlement projects

João Lé

Portucel Moçambique, Mozambique

Portucel Mozambique (PMZ) is a private company owned by The Navigator Company and subsidiary of IFC which holds the right to use an area of 356,000 hectares, assigned by the Government of Mozambique for the implementation of a forest-based industry for pulp production.

Based on the resulting characterization of the environmental and social impact study, which revealed the presence of more than 24000 low-income households in the areas of DUAT attributed to the company, innovative tools were created, mainly in the social and environmental domains. Examples of these innovative mechanisms are the Portucel Development Community Programme (PDCP), land access procedure, relationship with the communities, grievance mechanism or the mosaic model.

At the stakeholder engagement and land access levels a participatory methodology is being tested with PMZ support that is expected to have an important role in the progress of the project, promoting greater transparency and community engagement solutions.


Efforts to Clarify Tenure Rights and Strengthen Land Governance in Portucel’s Mozambique Forestry Investment

Simon Norfolk

Terra Firma Lda, Mozambique

The paper addresses the implementation of an approach to securing and documenting community and family land rights in Mozambique in the context of a large-scale forestry plantation investment. This approach places emphasis upon building institutional capacity within local community groups, and the mapping and certification of household land holdings, as pre-cursors to land access negotiations between them and the investment proponents. The strengthening of institutional capacity is achieved through the formal delimitation and certification of the collective land holdings, and the establishment of communal property associations to represent the communities as corporate, rights-holding entities. Community land use plans are then developed to identify areas for conservation and preservation, as well as potential sites for public or private investments. The approach represents a shift from the vague, nebulous and unenforceable community-investor agreements that characterise the ceding of community land in Mozambique towards specific, detailed agreements that are rights-based and enforceable.


Evolving agribusiness development strategy

Chris Brett

World Bank, United States of America


From Commitment to Practice: Experience Supporting Operationalization of Illovo Sugar Land Rights Commitments

Laura Eshbach

Landesa, United States of America

to be filled


Securing and Delivering Corporate Commitments to Implement the VGGT: Experience and Lessons from Illovo Sugar

Kathryn Elizabeth Mathias

Illovo Sugar Africa Ltd, United Kingdom

to be filled

3:45pm - 5:15pm08-03: Improving Access to Land for Returnees and IDPs
Session Chair: Joachim Knoth, European Commission, Belgium
MC 2-800 

Improving Access to State Land for Returnees and IDPs in Afghanistan

Depika Sherchan1, Alison McFarlane2, Jawad Peikar3

1UN-Habitat Afghanistan; 2United Nations Mission in South Sudan; 3CEO of Afghanistan Independent Land Authority (Arazi)

This report focuses on a new legal framework recently developed in Afghanistan to allocate suitable state land to the displaced population. The finalisation, adoption, and implementation of this new legal framework is crucial to ensure that the most vulnerable and landless members of Afghanistan’s displaced population receive durable and sustainable land and housing options. This report provides an overview of Afghanistan’s previous land allocation framework and explains the events that led to the Government’s development of a new and improved framework. It also examines the procedure to assess and allocate land anticipated by the new framework and underscores important innovations. Finally, the report provides recommendations on how, once finalised and hopefully adopted, the Government could operationalise the legal framework to ensure that the carefully crafted provisions translate into actual assessments of suitable land and the allocation of land parcels to Afghanistan’s most vulnerable returnees and IDPs.


Preparing the ground for property restitution in the Syrian Arab Republic

Laura Cunial

Norwegian Refugee Council, Syria Response Office

Given the sheer scale of displacement and destruction, an eventual, sustainable return to Syria will only be possible if returnees are able to integrate at a location of their choice, where physical security, access to livelihoods and basic services have been restored and where, importantly, housing, land and property (HLP) restitution processes have been established. The millions who eventually choose to return will face housing shortages, disputes over ownership and usage rights, the emergence of conflicts related to a significant reduction in usable land and the lack of HLP documentation.

Based on extensive research and interviews with over 2000 Syrian internally displaced people and refugees, this paper provides recommendations to policymakers and practitioners on how to prepare for the immense challenges that lie ahead. It explains the need for clear mechanisms for property restitution and compensation that include particular measures to support claims from displaced women.


Using Geospatial Data to Track Land Tenure Security in Syria

Paul Prettitore

The World Bank, United States of America

Violent conflict often undermines land tenure security, especially for vulnerable persons such as the poor, women, displaced persons and minorities. Loss of tenure security in turn can translate into increased poverty and exclusion in post-conflict settings. The impact of conflict on land tenure security needs to be understood to develop effective transitional justice and post-conflict land administrative processes. Land tenure security in Syria has been impacted by forced displacement, destruction of property, confiscation of property and fraudulent land transfers. This paper uses geospatial data to analyze the channels through which land tenure security has been undermined during and after periods of conflict in Homs Governorate. The geospatial data utilized includes commercial optical and visible infrared (VIIRS) imagery, publicly available social media posts, YouTube videos and recorded statements. The data was then combined with administrative data to develop a Land Confiscation Risk Index for neighborhoods of the urban area of Homs.


Date: Thursday, 22/Mar/2018
8:30am - 10:00am09-03: Influencing the next tier of companies – promoting responsible land-based investment through investors or investment frameworks
Session Chair: Harold Liversage, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Italy
MC 2-800 

Levers and Limits to Shaping Investment Practices in Land: A DFI Perspective

Sam Lacey

CDC Group, United Kingdom


Shaping Agropole Investment Frameworks to Incentivise Responsible Investment Practices

Francine Picard

IISD, Switzerland

In recent years agricultural growth poles, sometimes called agropoles, have spread across Sub-Saharan Africa. While they gain increasing attention among policy makers who see them as a way to attract private investment to promote agricultural transformation, they have more and more prominent role in agricultural development strategies and national policies in the country they are established.

DFI are the main direct funding sources for the development of agricultural growth poles. DFI’s must be viewed as engine of influencing crosscutting issues of economic, social and environmental sustainability that participate to responsible investment in agriculture. This presentation will discuss the role of the DFI in influencing responsible investment practices in the process of design and implementation of agricultural growth poles in Africa.


A Legal Empowerment Approach to Influencing Land Investment

Vivek Maru

Namati, India

to be filled


Investors’ ability to influence small and large investee land investment practices: reflections on IFC experience

Mark Constantine

International Finance Corporation, United States of America


10:30am - 12:00pm10-03: Native Title in Latin America
Session Chair: Enrique Pantoja, World Bank, United States of America
MC 2-800 

Native Title and Land Registration

Nicolás Nogueroles1, Lavinia Figueroa2, Luis Maldonado3, Maria Elena Garcia4, Diana Buitrago5

1IPRA-CINDER (International Property Registries Association), Spain; 2Procuraduria General de Guatemala; 3Corporacion Chilena de Derecho Registral; 4Registro Nacional Agrario Mexico; 5Supeintendencia de los Registros y del Notariado Colombia

Aboriginal land rights in many jurisdictions is a steady problem since 1970 when a broad array of issues have come before Courts all around the world. The reason that aboriginal people are now turning to the courts to reestablish control over the territories they originally inhabited is because hundreds of years of decisions deprived them of such control. The legal doctrine of "terra nullius" presupposed that , prior to the arrival of europeans many places were no man´s land waiting to be settled. This theories influenced the judicial decision until XX th century. The decision of the High Court of Australia in Mabo v Queensland was a path breaking. After came decisions from Canada (Delgamuukv v British Columbia). This was only the beginning. New claims appeared in South America (Chile , Colombia and Mexico among others). Today the challenge is haw to register this rights without jeopardizing the registration system.


Indigenous Property Titles: The Mapuche Community in Chile and the Protection of Property Records

Jose Luis Alberto Maldonado Croquevielle1, Claudia Bahamondes Oyarzún2

1Conservador de Bienes Raíces de Santiago, Chile; 2Conservador de Bienes Raíces de Santiago, Diego Portales University, Chile

With the return to democracy in Chile, Law 19.253 was enacted on 1993 focusing on the protection, promotion and development of indigenous peoples. That legislation also created the National Foundation for Indigenous Development. Later, on 2009, ILO Convention 169 entered into force.

In this context, two important registration protection measures are worthy of note: the creation of a Public Registry of Indigenous Lands and the Fund for Indigenous Lands and Waters. The former seeks to preserve original properties per se and, toward that end, establishes a land registry that also serves to prove the property’s indigenous status.

Thanks to these initiatives, the process of claiming and preserving property in the hands of the indigenous peoples has begun. This should lead to greater economic development through farming, animal husbandry, fishing, and even tourism, all of which should help stem the tide of rural-urban migration and serve to reactivate downtrodden rural areas.

10-03-Maldonado Croquevielle-1016_paper.pdf
10-03-Maldonado Croquevielle-1016_ppt.pptx

Private Property and Social Property, Two Different Views: the Case of Mexico

María Elena García Flores

CINDER North America

In Mexico, ejido and communal property constitutes 51% of the national territory, distributed in 29,634 ejidos and 2,381 communities that together occupy 100 million hectares. Approximately 25 % of the agricultural settlements are inhabited by indigenous.

The Agrarian Law in its 9th article stipulates that the ejidos have legal personality and its own property and that they are owners of the land that was granted to them or that they acquired under any other title.

The Registry in order to obtain the regulation and document security regarding the social property is responsible of the registration function and the technical and cadastral assistance.

In 1992 the Federal Government urges the amendment of Article 27 of the Constitution with the objective to provide certainty of the land tenure to farmers as well as giving freedom to decide about its use and destination.


Aboriginal Titles and the Problems to Reflect Them in the Land Registry and Cadaster

Diana Buitrago, Jairo Mesa Guerra

superintendencia de notariado y registro, Colombia

La legislación internacional y la Constitución Política de Colombia reconocen la importancia de los pueblos indígenas y se han declarado a lo largo de la historia muchos derechos que los salvaguardan.

El derecho más importante para los indígenas es el del territorio, porque en él se materializa toda su cultura y tradición. Sin embargo, se ha visto vulnerado por la débil presencia del Estado en los territorios, la ausencia de políticas para atender las necesidades de los indígenas y la actividad de actores ilegales del conflicto armado interno.

El Estado debe garantizar el derecho de los pueblos indígenas al reconocimiento legal de las modalidades de propiedad, posesión o dominio, por lo tanto, se requiere una identificación certera de los asentamientos de propiedad colectiva en el país y así gestionar la correspondiente titulación o formalización de estos territorios y su correspondiente Registro en el Registro público de la propiedad


The Recognition of Ancient Rights of Aboriginal People. A Vision From The Land Registry and the Court of Justice of Guatemala

Lavinia Figueroa

General Attorney Guatemala, Guatemala

To be

2:00pm - 3:30pm11-03: Round table on progress with the VGGT
Session Chair: Oumar Sylla, UN-Habitat, Kenya
MC 2-800 

5th Anniversary of the VGGT: Achievements and Next Steps

Marcela Villarreal

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy

Impact of VGGT Implementation on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Panama

Carlos Eduardo González Mosquera

Autoridad Nacional de Administración de Tierras, Panama

VGGT and Land-based Investments:Some Investment Instruments Such as the EIP and AgriFi

Joachim Knoth

European Commission, Belgium

Monitoring and Evaluation of the VGGT

Virgilio delos Reyes

Stanford Law School, United States of America

VGGT, Governance of Tenure and Responsible Investments in Agriculture

Roberto Ridolfi

FAO, Italy


Date: Friday, 23/Mar/2018
9:00am - 10:30am12-05: Setting Up a Blockchain-Enabled Land Registry: Process, Technology, and Organizational Dimensions
Session Chair: Henrik Hjelte, ChromaWay, Sweden
MC 2-800 

Setting Up a Blockchain-Enabled Land Registry: Process, Technology, and Organizational Dimensions

Todd Miller, Henrik Hjelte

ChromaWay, United States of America

Pilots and initial implementations using blockchain technology to strengthen land registration has occurred in Sweden, Georgia, Ukraine, Honduras, and India. The purpose of this master class is to utilize the lessons learned and explore, with participants, both the best practices and challenges of this exciting new technology. The class will cover:

- Planning and scoping a blockchain land registry project

- Identify the technology options which are available (e..g, public vs. private blockchains)

- Addressing identity solutions and technology security issues

- Using and writing smart contracts

- Understanding the role of tokens

- Integration issues between the land registry and the ecosystem of banks, notaries, and title agents.

The class will be hands-on and will include opportunities for the class to write a smart contract, develop a property-transfer related workflow, and key steps in creating a blockchain-enabled land registry initiative.

11:00am - 12:30pm13-05: Blockchain Technology and Land Administration: Legal and Policy Landscape
Session Chair: Baloko Makala, The World Bank, United States of America
MC 2-800 

Blockchain Technology and Land Administration: Legal and Policy Landscape

Baloko Makala

The World Bank, United States of America

Land rights arguably represent the most important economic asset for billions of people around the world, and a critical source of livelihood, particularly in developing countries. Blockchain Technology has been heralded as a solution to long-standing land administration challenges.

Some of these challenges include but are not limited to highly uneven distribution of land ownership partly due to a lack of transparency, data integrity challenges, inefficient recording system.

The Blockchain is a digitized decentralized public ledger that contains records of completed transactions otherwise known as blocks. A copy of the ledger is kept by nodes that are participants in the network. Blockchain Technology is a reality today. There is a growing interest on the potential of Blockchain technology in addressing land administration challenges. However, the technology has been evolving largely unregulated. This paper will explore the legal and policy considerations on Blockchain technology and land administration

1:30pm - 3:00pm14-05: Marshall Plan for Digital Skills: How Worldwide Cadastral Updates Can Launch a (Global, Distributed) Marshall Plan for Digital Skills
Session Chair: Philip Auerswald, George Mason University, United States of America
MC 2-800 

How Worldwide Cadastral Updates Can Launch a (Global, Distributed) Marshall Plan for Digital Skills

Philip Edgar Auerswald1,2

1George Mason University, United States of America; 2Zilla Global LLC

The masterclass will bring together experts in the digital skills training with land management administrators and systems engineers to discuss how the process of creating spatial data infrastructure (SDI) can broad-based economic opportunities in countries around the world. The masterclass will also cover to achieving integration of the underlying data through a combination of low-cost connected sensors (the Internet of Things, or "IoT"); artificial intelligence (AI); and rapid-validation systems, potentially using the Blockchain. Finally, we will describe how the deployment of an end-to-end, sensor-enhanced, human-centered system of land management involves the development of distinct operational capabilities. The focus of the masterclass will be on proven models for leveraging public sector investment to create digital opportunity. Examples will be drawn from academia (e.g. MIT/Edx), startups (e.g. Andela), and corporations (e.g. Google). We will illustrate all these methods through the floods of 2017 in Peru.