The United Nations - International Federation of SurveyorsDeclaration on Land Administration for Sustainable Development
AuthorWilliamson, I. P.; Grant, D.
Source TitleProceedings, United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific
University of Melbourne Author/sWilliamson, Ian
AffiliationEngineering: Department of Geomatics
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsWilliamson, I. P. and Grant, D. (2000) The United Nations - International Federation of SurveyorsDeclaration on Land Administration for Sustainable Development, in Proceedings, United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Access StatusOpen Access
The changing humankind-land relationship and current global and local drivers suchas sustainable development, urbanization, globalization, economic reform and theinformation revolution, demand land administration responses. Of the global drivers,sustainable development may be identified as having overall significance because ofits dynamic economic-political, social, and environmental dimensions. At the heart ofthe challenging opportunity-cost decisions for sustainable development is the pressingneed for land administration systems to evolve speedily and appropriately to supportthe sustainable development imperative.Current land administration systems are the product of 19th century paradigms of landmarkets, which have a narrow cadastral (land parcel) focus. As a result they havefailed to properly support these global and local drivers. The evidence of the failureincludes issues of poverty, access to land, security of tenure, development rights andenvironmental degradation.World opinion on aspects of sustainable development, as represented by UnitedNations (UN) global summits and declarations (for example UN Earth Summit, Riode Janeiro, 1994; UN City Summit, Istanbul, 1998; UN Food Summit, Rome, 1998),have highlighted the importance of land administration to support sustainabledevelopment, but have provided few practical implementation strategies. This ad hocapproach has resulted in rhetoric, rather than reality, in developing land administrationsystems to accommodate sustainable development objectives. Governments, on theother hand, have generally been willing, if not anxious, to reform land administrationfor sustainable objectives, but there are no clear directions or models to adopt.As a preliminary step towards overcoming the uncertain relationship between landadministration and sustainable development, a joint United Nations-InternationalFederation of Surveyors Workshop on Land Tenure and Cadastral Infrastructures forSustainable Development was organised in B
KeywordsLand administration; sustainable development; cadastre; land tenure; United Nations
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