The International Seminar on Land Administration and Management was held in Prishtine, Rep. of Kosova, on 12 April. The conference report follows.
CONCLUSIONS approved at the closing session of the International Seminar on Land Administration and Management â Prishtine 2011International Seminar on Land Administration and Management organized by Geo-SEE and KCA is supported by 3 co-organizers (FIG, AGISEE and Geography department of SUT), one general sponsor (Astrium), one silver sponsor (GIZ), two media sponsors (GeoConnexion and Vector1Media), one sponsor (Albanian Association of Geodesy), three members of the international organizing committee and nine members of the local organizing committee.Conference was attended by 94 participants of 34 organizations from 13 different European countries, and included a CD composed of 13 abstracts and presentations, the web site (see link below), as well as two sessions with presentations, two technical/marketing presentations (Astrium and GIZ), two keynote speeches (Prof. Chryssy Potsiou, Greece and Prof. Murat Meha, Kosova), and nine presentations.Based on the abstracts, presentations, keynote speeches and discussions, it can be summarized that:- Security of legal rights, land registration, administration and management are an ongoing project in most countries in the region of South-East Europe (SEE);- Land registration process is one of main challenges of all cadastral agencies in the region of SEE;- Land administration and management are quite young terms and not well known till the beginning of 21st century;- Land policies are changing the 21st century, and there is a need to develop appropriate land tools;- There is lack of understanding of the importance of land administration and management among governmental institutions;- Decision makers are not so familiar with the necessity of land administration and management;- There are no completed operational Land Parcel Identification Systems in the region of SEE;- Digital land data is under the developing process in the developing countries in the region;- Many governmental institutions are responsible for land administration and management, without fixed rules and roles within the state system;- Main actors of land administration and management systems within the governmental institutions in the countries of SEE are cadastral and mapping agencies, ministries and agencies for agriculture and forestry, as well as the ministries and agencies for spatial planning and environment;- There is a lack of cooperation between the state institutions, NGOâs, private sector and end users;- Law and regulations are similar, but different among the countries;- Interpretation and enforcement of Law is important;- Defining the policy, strategy and legal aspects are the first steps toward SDI developing;- There are no clear defined strategies for development on land administration and management;- Non harmonized data is one of the main problems while developing the land datasets within the responsible governmental organizations;- Coordinate reference frames should be the basis for developing land datasets;- Land administration and management system are fundamental necessary tool for regional, urban, rural and physical planning and management.Participants agreed to continue to contribute on:- Increase understanding and awareness about land administration and management;- To promote building land administration and managements systems;- Develop and improve security systems for land owners;- Harmonized increase cooperation between all stakeholders such as state institutions, NGO, private sector, academia, and citizens;- Create LPIS platforms based on various utilized software;- Show the importance of land administration and management systems in sub-national / national up to the global level;- Harmonize data coming from various sources-institutions;- Define and improve the legal basis, policies and strategies for developing, maintenance and utilization of LPIS;- Encouraging the re-use of public sector information in the land data context;- Strengthen the land networking activities in the SEE region.Participants have agreed on the importance that Geo-SEE (South-East European Research Association on Geo Sciences) and Kosova Cadastral Agency (KCA) in cooperation with the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) will organize a follow-up seminar within 2 years to address the current Land Administration and Management needs and assess the progress in the South-Eastern European region.Chairs:Murat MEHA, Kosova, ChairmanChryssy POTSIOU, Greece, Vice-ChairmanBashkim IDRIZI, Macedonia, Vice-Chariman
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