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Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration - Providing Secure Land Rights at Scale

January 2022

Guest Editors: Prof Stig Enemark, Dr Robin McLaren, Prof Christiaan Lemmen

This Special Issue of the open access Land Journal provides an insight, collated from 26 articles, focusing on various aspects of the Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration (FFPLA) concept and its application. It presents some influential and innovative trends and recommendations for designing, implementing, maintaining and further developing FFP solutions for providing secure land rights at scale.

The first group of 14 articles is published in Volume One and discusses various conceptual innovations related to spatial, legal and institutional aspects of FFPLA and its wider applications within land use management. The second group of 12 articles is published in Volume Two and focuses on case studies from various countries throughout the world, providing evidence and lessons learned from the FFPLA implementation process.

The Key Experiences and Lessons Learnt are:

  • FFPLA Pilot projects – are easy to implement and well accepted and understood by the local community. However – it must be scalable.
  • FFPLA National projects – can be completed at affordable costs < 10 USD per parcel and within a few years by using a participatory approach and working in parallel throughout the country. This is in principle a national top-down approach that requires strong political will and support from key senior civil servants.
  • Technology development – is a key driver in terms of providing the relevant mapping and registration tools e.g. machine learning to extract information from drone imagery.
  • Innovative financing – can be obtained e.g. through new types of PPP and private sector support for regularization and upgrading of informal settlements
  • The FFPLA approach is unfolding beyond providing security of tenure – e.g. for mitigating land issues in violent conflict settings, and for wider land management functions such as valuation, urban resilience, climate change and pandemics.
  • The FFPLA approach is gaining momentum – and growing acceptance within the (younger) land professional community as a game changer in achieving key aspects of the global agenda, the SDGs, towards greater social equity, leaving no on behind.

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Louise Friis-Hansen
6 January 2022