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Sustaining Urban Land Information

Sustaining Urban Land Information

sustaining-urban-land-informationA framework based on experiences in post-conflict and developing countries

Sustaining Urban Land Information: A framework based on experiences in post-conflict and developing countries will assist land experts, government officials, donors and others involved in land information projects to avoid the costly development of an urban land information system that is too complicated, cannot be sustained or fails to support urban land management. The framework is based on various case studies that are contained in Urban Land Information Management, a report that is available at

The framework draws on UN-Habitat’s operational experiences in a number of post-conflict and developing countries as well as other well-known cases. This publication demonstrates that developing land databases at scale that directly support land management activities, such as urban planning, property taxation and increasing land tenure security, requires a long-term process and should be anchored in stable land institutions. This framework argues that in the absence of such a stable institutional and political environment only ad-hoc land information projects make sense, but that stand-alone projects of limited duration can also contribute to reaching the goal of sustained urban land information.

In this framework, you will find criteria that should be addressed in the design phase of land information projects and that will contribute to more sustained development, use and gradually expandable land information. This information will, in turn, help the development of urban areas, especially in post-conflict and other countries with underdeveloped land institutions.

We are grateful to several UN-Habitat staff members from the regional offices in Africa and Asia and the Pacific who provided access to case studies and experiences in support to the development of this Framework. We are especially grateful to the numerous people in different countries who provided material on the development and use of land information for this publication.

Sponsors: Norwegian Government and Swedish International Development Cooperation

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