What: Fourth High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management

Where: UNECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

When: 20-22 April 2016

Who: Joep Crompvoets (KU Lueven) and Tarek Zein (Hansa Luftbild)

Why: Joep will present an overview of its4land and be a panel member during the ‘Geospatial land data elements’ session.

More: UN-GGIM site and see Joep and Tarek’s presentation here.

Report: The 4th High Level Forum on the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20 – 22 April 2016. The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted this important event.

The overarching theme of the Forum was ‘Good Land Governance for the 2030 Agenda’ with particular emphasis on sharing experiences on land administration and management – including benefits and challenges, considering fit for purpose aspects, digital land registers, cadastres, and other land needs, demonstrating practical examples of land administration success stories. The many presentations clarified that land information and its management are fundamental to successful land administration and the derived benefits to the economies and the derived benefits to the economies, and overall sustainable development of nations. The Forum was attended by more than 300 participants representing governments (including several ministers) from different countries, NGOs, academia and the private sector.

Hans Luftbild, KU Leuven, Twente University, and Bahir Dar University as consortium partners in the ‘its4land’ research project actively participated in the forum. is4land was briefly introduced to the Forum delegates and participated, who showed a high interest in the innovative suite of land tenure tools to be developed in the project.


Report and image courtesy: Joep Crompvoets and Tarek Zein