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Managing Urban Land Information

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managing-urban-land-informationManaging Urban Land Information draws lessons from various experiences in post-conflict and developing countries. It is intended for 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. In this publication, you will find useful case studies that emerge from 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. One of the key lessons learnt outlined in this publication is that in the absence of 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. Ultimately, it is clear that land information is very helpful to undertake sustainable urban development, especially in post-conflict and other countries with underdeveloped land institutions.

This publication has drawn valuable contributions from various people including: Alioune Badiane, Mohamed El Sioufi, Dan Lewis, Hemayet Hossain, Karin Buhren (Sustainable Cities Projects) Lowie Rosales (Asia projects); Silva Magaia (Mozambique), Late Chama Kangwa ( Zambia), David Kithakye, Joshua Mulandi (Kenya), John Chome (Malawi), Alain Bagre, Joseph Guiebo, Alexandra Biehler

Sponsors: Norwegian Government and Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida-Sweden)


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