The emerging land management paradigm: a major challenge for the global surveying community

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Land management is the process by which the resources of land are put into good effect. Land management encompasses all activities associated with the management of land that are required to achieve sustainable development. The concept of land includes properties and natural resources and thereby encompasses the total natural and built environment. Land Administration Systems (LAS) are institutional frameworks complicated by the tasks they must perform, by national cultural, political and judicial settings, and by technology. This paper facilitates an overall understanding of the land management paradigm. The model reflects drivers of globalisation and technology development which support establishment of multifunctional information systems incorporating diverse land rights, land use regulations and other useful data. A third major driver, sustainable development, stimulates demands for comprehensive information about environmental conditions in combination with other land related data. It is argued that development of such a model is important or even necessary for facilitating a holistic approach to the management of land as the key asset of any nation or jurisdiction. Finally, the paper points at some educational, professional and institutional challenges to be faced by the land administration community in the third millennium. And the paper identifies the role of FIG in this regard.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publication[Coventry, UK]
PublisherThe Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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