Responsible and Smart Land Management Interventions: An African Context, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Responsible and Smart Land Management Interventions

An African Context, 1st Edition

Edited by Walter Timo de Vries, John Tiah Bugri, Fatima Mandhu

CRC Press

304 pages | 71 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367331580
pub: 2020-07-01
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This book showcases new empirical findings on the conceptualization, design, and evaluation of land management interventions. It addresses two crucial aspects: how and under which conditions such interventions are responsible, and how such interventions can be supported by smart technologies. This book is for all types of actors in land management. Although primarily based on cases from Africa, the book addresses land management issues from practical and theoretical perspectives relevant for land managers worldwide. It brings the discourse up-to-date and helps all practitioners designing new policies and those looking for new instruments to do so.


  • Delivers innovative methodologies for land management for professionals involved in land administration projects
  • Explores land management from a geodetic and spatial planning perspective
  • Includes real cases, empirical data, and analysis in contemporary and alternative land management developments in Africa
  • Addresses important land issues which contribute to the national development and achieving United Nations' SDGs
  • Discusses contemporary research findings related to societal needs in land administration which are equally valid for non-African contexts
  • Acts as a new teaching resource for land management and land administration courses, and land related disciplines in geodesy, human geography, development studies, and environmental planning


Aimed at land academics, including students, teachers, and researchers, as well as practitioners, including those working within international organizations, donor organizations, NGOs, and land independent consultants.

Table of Contents

Framework of Responsible and Smart Land Management. Land Markets and Capital Markets. Spatial Justice in Urban Development in Rwanda. The Paradox of Persistent Poverty Amidst Availability of Rural Rwanda. Smart Rural Land Administration in Africa. Expansion of Chat and its Impact on Farming System. An Exploratory Sequential Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Effects of Land Use Regulations on Residential Property Values in Windhoek, Namibia. The Effect of Urban Sprawl on Rural Land Rights in Eastern Africa. Process and Implications of Land Formalization on Local Land Tenure Security in Tanzania. On the Need for Land Planning and Governance in Suleja, Nigeria. Urban Sprawl and Inner-City Congestion: Assessing the Processes, Causes, and Consequences of City Expansion in Ghana. The Role of Social Tenure Domain Model in Securing Land in Informal Settlements of Uganda. South Sudan Land Conflict in the Transitional Constitution. The Theory Versus the Reality of Inter-Agency Collaboration on Land Governance. Land Readjustment: The Missing Link in Progressive Urban Land Management in Zimbabwe. Tenure Reform: Is the Social Tenure Domain Model (STDM) Under the Continuum of Land Rights a Suitable Land Reform Tool for Zambia’s Agricultural Land? Integrating GeoICTs Technologies Into Property Taxation and Land Lease Fees Collection System. Public Value Capture Instrument - Instrument for Africa. Smart Land Management Tools in Kenya. Furthering Responsible and Smart Land Management

About the Editors

Prof. dr. ir. Walter Timo de Vries, is Chair of Land Management at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) since 2015. He is the Study Dean for Geodesy and Geoinformation and the Director of the Master and PhD programs in Land Management and Land Tenure. He has worked in numerous international projects in Asia, Africa and South America, dealing with land information and land reform, geospatial data infrastructures and professional training and education in land issues, cadaster and information management. His current research interests at TUM include smart and responsible land management, urban and rural development and capacity development for land policy. Recent publications include the CRC / Taylor and Francis book ‘Advances in Responsible Land Administration’, and articles like: ‘Responsible Land Management - Concept and Application in a Territorial Rural Context’, ‘Human Geodesy - Shaping a New Science and Profession for the World of Tomorrow’, and ‘Economic Versus Social Values in Land and Property Management: Two Sides of the Same Coin?’ amongst others.

Prof. John Bugri, is an Associate Professor of Land Economy at the Department of Land Economy, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment. He holds a PhD from the University of Greenwich, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (Hons) in Land Economy from KNUST. He is particularly interested in people and land relations and focuses his research on the implications of man-land relations for sustainable land use and development, the dynamics of changes in political ecology on gender and livelihood sustainability and the broader role of land governance and policy issues in poverty reduction in both agrarian and urban communities in developing countries. He has published widely in both local and international Journals and serves as a reviewer for several Journals. He was the Country Coordinator of the World Bank Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) for Ghana between 2011 and 2012 and currently the Node Coordinator for Anglophone West Africa under the Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA), a GIZ funded project on Strengthening Advisory Capacities for Land Governance in Africa.

Dr. Fatima Mandhu, is a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Zambia. The post-doctoral research title is “Oppression of women and nature in artisanal and small scale mining (ASM) in Zambia. She has served as Head of the Private Law Department at the University of Zambia in the School of Law. Her current interest in terms of research are mining law, land law and gender. She lectures in land law and property relation as well as medical law. She is the project leader of “Mineral Law in Africa: Zambia/South collaborative project” from the Zambian side. She is participating member of the Southern African Node under the Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA/NUST). She is the team leader for the scoping study on land governance and is also involved in teaching on the LLM program and supervises both undergraduate as well as postgraduate students researching in land law. She has published a number of articles and has written book chapters. Recent publications include: "Land Reform Policy Supporting Individual Land Rights and Diversification of the Zambian Economy” and “Land Titles or Deeds Registration as it Relates to the New Model of Land Registration System for Zambia”.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Environmental
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems