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Advances in Responsible Land Administration

1st Edition

Edited by Jaap Zevenbergen, Walter de Vries, Rohan Mark Bennett

CRC Press

305 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Advances in Responsible Land Administration challenges conventional forms of land administration by introducing alternative approaches and provides the basis for a new land administration theory. A compilation of observations about responsible land administration in East Africa, it focuses on a new empirical foundation rather than preexisting ideals. Presenting practical knowledge resulting from real cases, it incorporates empirical studies highlighting Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya.

The book considers contemporary change forces that include responsible technological innovation, post-conflict contexts, rural poverty, rapid urbanization, food security, and citizen participation. It covers land information system design, innovative data capture tools and techniques, and algorithms and approaches to support land consolidation and pastoralist land administration. The book also evaluates the outcomes of approaches specifically geared toward workflow design, land use changes, land tenure perceptions, conflict reduction, and governance measures.

Outlining key aspects of what fit for purpose land administration looks like, this book presents:

  • A contemporary update for the land administration sector
  • An overview of East African developments, a current focus region for innovative land administration design
  • A collection of cutting-edge tools from practice and for practice—with enough support data and methodological underpinnings to be readily utilized for advocacy, design, and assessment

Advances in Responsible Land Administration is an up-to-date discourse thatpromotes the theoretical notion of responsible land administration. The book highlights real cases, provides real data, and introduces novel alternatives to conventional methodologies in land administration. Using the information in this book, you can develop a coherent theoretical foundation for further research in this area.


"… this book complements the overall scope of land administration systems by highlighting the importance and techniques of recognising informal tenure relations… The book has touched upon people’s aspirations that are beyond the reach of conventional land administration and unveiled the possibility of exploiting the opportunity offered by modern technology. The concepts of responsible land administration elaborated in this book… can be seen as general principles that every government needs to adopt."

—Journal of Spatial Science, 2016

"… In the emerging era of new land administration, new inspiration and innovative approaches are critically important to move forward… in this respect, the book will have tremendous importance and impact."

—Dr. Zerfu Hailu, Deputy Team Leader for the Responsible and Innovative Land Administration (REILA) Project, Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia

" … I strongly commend Advances in Responsible Land Administration to anyone who is passionate about good land governance, access to land for the poor and disadvantaged, poverty reduction and gender equity, especially in Africa, a continent that presents both challenges and opportunities for innovation."

—Ian P. Williamson, Emeritus Professor, Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, The University of Melbourne, Australia

" … timely and very valuable in unfolding the new and innovative approaches to designing land administration systems in less developed countries. By introducing the concept of ‘Responsible Land Administration’ the authors add a new notion to conventional approaches by aligning the administration with the ever-changing dynamics of societal demands. … also a significant attempt to develop a coherent theoretical foundation for further research in this area. This book is needed."

—Stig Enemark, FIG Honorary President, Professor of Land Management, Aalborg University, Denmark

" … challenges conventional thinking about land administration and outlines key aspects of what fit for purpose land administration looks like. … It reminds us that land administration is not just about security of tenure and the creation of spatial digital data. Instead it shows how land administration in the technological world of today can, and must, contribute to addressing some of the big global challenges."

—Dr. Clarissa Augustinus, Land and Global Land Tool Network,UN-Habitat

"This book is a timely addition to the land administration literature. … It covers emerging ideas in land administration that can be tested and built upon in future work and it includes descriptions of recent land administration projects and the lessons learned from them. There are also chapters on the different areas of land administration that require special attention, such as climate change and post-conflict societies. The publication should serve as a reference for anyone involved in administering land."

—Dr Michael Barry, Professor, Land Tenure and Cadastral Systems, University of Calgary, Canada; Director FIG Foundation

"Advances in Responsible Land Administration is an interesting and well-elaborated book explaining new methods that challenge conventional forms of land administration. The book is particularly timely and valuable in unfolding the innovative approaches to designing land administration systems in developing countries. It makes worthwhile reading for all land professionals and academics engaged in the land sector who are committed to developing the role of land management and administration for building a sustainable future."

—GIM International, June 2016

Table of Contents


Toward Responsible Land Administration

Walter T. de Vries, Rohan M. Bennett, and Jaap Zevenbergen


Pro-Poor Land Administration

Marie Christine Simbizi, Rohan M. Bennett, and Jaap Zevenbergen

Land Administration for Food Security

Rohan M. Bennett, Georgina Rockson, Solomon A. Haile, Joe Nasr, and

Liza Groenendijk

Urbanization, Land Administration, and Good-Enough Governance

Berhanu K. Alemie, Rohan M. Bennett, and Jaap Zevenbergen

Land Administration for Post-Conflict Contexts

Dimo Todorovski, Jaap Zevenbergen, and Paul van der Molen

Land Administration Crowds, Clouds and the State

Peter Laarakker, Jaap Zevenbergen, and Yola Georgiadou


Point Cadastre

Walter T. de Vries, Co Meijer, Susan Keuber, and Bert Raidt

Digital Pen Method

Didier Milindi Rugema, Jeroen Verplanke, and Christiaan Lemmen

Accelerated Land Administration Updates

Mireille Biraro, Rohan M. Bennett, and Christiaan Lemmen

Toward Fit-for-Purpose Land Consolidation

Rohan M. Bennett, Fikerte A. Yimer, and Christiaan Lemmen

Dynamic Nomadic Cadastres

Monica Lengoiboni, Arnold Bregt, and Paul van der Molen


Land Administration Impacts on Land Use Change

Peter Fosudo, Rohan M. Bennett, and Jaap Zevenbergen

Environmental Protection via Land Administration

Libia Y Romero Lara, Jaap Zevenbergen, and Kees Bronsveld

Displacement and Land Administration

Potel Jossam, Paul van der Molen, Luc Boerboom, Dimo Todorovski, and

Walter T. de Vries

Social Tenure Domain Model: An Emerging Land Governance Tool

Danilo Antonio, Jaap Zevenbergen, and Clarissa Augustinus


Future Directions in Responsible Land Administration

Jaap Zevenbergen, Walter T. de Vries, and Rohan M. Bennett

About the Editors

Jaap Zevenbergen is a full professor of land administration and management at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He has extensive experience with the design and evaluation of recording or registration of land tenure rights, legal restrictions, and other land information in the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, and numerous developing countries. Currently, his main focus is on innovative land tools, especially to expand tenure security to the legitimate, previously unrecorded rights of the poor and underprivileged. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) and LANDac, the Dutch Academy for Land Governance.

Walter de Vries is an associate professor and chair of land management at the Technical University Munich in Germany. With an M.Sc in geodesy and a Ph.D in public administration, Dr. de Vries conducts research dealing with the implementation and effects of land information infrastructures and capacity development for cadastres and land administration organizations. In addition, he is currently senior editor of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC). He manages a variety of courses in land administration and geo-information management, and has more than 25 years of experience in development assistance projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Rohan Bennett is an assistant professor at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He has experience in land administration design and assessment in African and Asian countries. His research focuses on better aligning the societal demands of tenure security, food security, and climate change with the technological opportunities presented by low-cost global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and cloud-/crowd-based geo-services. He holds degrees in geomatic engineering and information systems from the University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia, and earned a Ph.D from the same institution in 2008. He is also a reviewer for numerous international journals and conference series.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems