2019 saw the “Climate Emergency” raised to the fore around the globe gaining huge public momentum and varying political attention. It’s difficult to write from a country that ignored a call from neighbouring Pacific leaders in August and then a month later at the UN summit rejected future commitments to a global UN Climate Fund. Nonetheless, we at LEI, are committed.
Over the past few months we’ve worked with a local digital design team and are pleased to invite you to revisit our website www.landequity.com.au.
During this time Australia’s own experience with resilience in the face of bushfires and floods has reminded us how strong a sense of place and belonging truly is – and has highlighted how important the role of reliable property systems is in enabling individuals and communities to recover.
LEI is pleased to see the First Edition of the International Land Measurement Standard published – find it here [https://ilmsc.org/the-standard/].
Interest in joining the Summer School on Mekong Land Relations increased almost three-fold this year. We wish all the participants an informative and motivating week-long session from 14th-19th July 2019 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Technical standards are essential for governments and professional bodies to regulate. But sometimes unworkable technical standards arise from false interpretations of government guidelines. Our lesson is to prioritise usability – particularly in the case of novice users – and to keep the project objective front of mind.
Next month, LEI are organising with our partners a consultation workshop in Dubai on Public Private Partnership schemes for land administration. The World Bank’s Global Land and Geospatial Unit (GSULN) has engaged LEI with our partners, Planet Partnership, University of Melbourne, and Global Land Alliance to develop a Knowledge Product (KP) that describes and explores modalities for PPPs in delivering land administration services, titled Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Land Administration.
The Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) project and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held their second Regional Land Forum in Bangkok on 28-30 May 2018.
From the 4th to the 8th of December 2017, the International Federation of Surveyors (or FIG in French), held the annual meetings of Commission 7 and Commission 9 in the city of Cartagena, Colombia. The president of the organising committee was Dr Daniel Paez, a LEI Land Specialist based at our headquarters in Wollongong. LEI was a main sponsor of the event.
Tanzania’s Land Tenure Support Programme (LTSP) has again demonstrated that there is strong national and sectoral leadership and commitment to improved land service delivery and transparency in Tanzania. In any land project there is always a need for strong communication and coordination within and between government and non-government stakeholders. The LTSP has recently established a Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG) to best facilitate and improve inter-agency cooperation, in support of land tenure reform as envisioned under the Strategic Plan for Implementation of Land Laws (SPILL) 2013.
At the age of 60, Ibrahim Ng'wala a husband of six wives with 17 children has lived his entire life in the village known as Nyange. This village is located nearby the famous Kilombero Sugar Company Limited in Kilombero district, Morogoro Region.
The year has gone quickly for the LEI team working on the One Map Technical Assistance project in Indonesia. The primary objective of this technical assistance was to assist with the project preparation of the One Map Project – a project to support the implementation and acceleration of Indonesia’s One Map Policy.
Here at LEI and Gret’s Mekong Region Land Governance project we are moving towards the end of Phase 1 in June. We expect a relatively seamless shift into the second phase, which is anticipated to start in July this year, for another four years.