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Implementation of Responsible Land Governance – Turkana County, Kenya

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A Land Information System for Sustainable Development in Turkana County, Kenya


This publication outlines the process undertaken by UN-Habitat/GLTN and The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representation in Kenya to support the Ministry of Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Areas Management of the Turkana County Government-Kenya, in establishing a county Land Information Management System based on the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM). The project was carried out in the context of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) program entitled, Support for Responsible Land and Natural Resource Governance of Communal Lands in Kenya. A customized land information management system for Turkana County was developed, tested and rolled out according to the requirements of Ministry of Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Area Management and technical processes documented to guide staff in its implementation.

This publication also offers lessons learned by the stakeholders during the course of implementation such as the role of effective partnerships, the importance of project ownership and capacity development among others as catalysts for sustaining the development of land information systems like STDM. Through this project, FAO facilitated and carried out a pilot project aimed at testing Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure.


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