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Announcements

New launches, project updates, job opportunities, and anything Land Portal.
 
State of Land Information in Liberia, Mozambique, & Sudan
23 January 2024
Sudan
Mozambique
Liberia

We are proud to announce the release of three State of Land Information reports, which detail the land information status in Mozambique, Liberia, and Sudan. These comprehensive reports provide an in-depth analysis of the current land information systems, legal frameworks, and data accessibility in these countries.

18 December 2023
Authors: 
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As we get to the end of the year, I want to sincerely thank you for your support and trust in 2023. Whether it is something you read or a webinar you attended, it is my hope that the Land Portal has been a positive resource for you, your work, and your community.

From all of us at the Land Portal, we wish you and your loved ones a healthy and happy holiday season.We look forward to connecting with you in 2024.  

Laura Meggiolaro
Managing Director

Photo: UN Women/Deepika Nath
24 November 2023
Global

In the run up to COP28, the Land Portal Foundation has published a completely revised and updated Indigenous and Communities Land Rights thematic portfolio. While world leaders attending COP28 have recognized the important role of indigenous communities in the fight against climate change, most governments have failed to live up to their commitments.

Land Portal Events

Dynamic conversations and robust debate. The Land Portal welcomes all voices from around the globe.
 
Ukesa webinar
22 February 2024
Southern Africa
South Africa

The Urban Knowledge Exchange is currently presenting a series of webinars to showcase evidence-based knowledge platforms.

In this fourth webinar we focus on international, multi-dimensional land knowledge and information platforms, and the partnerships that underpin their success.

Organizers: 
Urban Knowledge Exchange
Land Portal Foundation
International Land Coalition
Women's Land Rights in the Mekong
15 February 2024
South-Eastern Asia
Cambodia
Laos
Myanmar
Vietnam

Join us in a webinar that will shine light on two groundbreaking reports concerning gender and land governance in the Mekong region. The reports, "Outlook on Gender and Land in the Mekong Region" and "Towards Gender-Equitable Land Policy and Law Making in the Mekong Region," were produced in Phase II of the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) program. This is the first webinar in the series ‘State of Land in the Mekong region.’ This series highlights the evolving environment of land governance in this dynamic region.

Organizers: 
Land Portal Foundation
Mekong Region Land Governance
When carbon markets go wrong
8 February 2024
Indonesia

This webinar will explore what access to remedy might look like for communities in the global carbon market system, with a focus on issues of land and resources tenure. Hearing from communities impacted by carbon markets and experts in grievance mechanism design, the webinar will highlight the key features necessary for accessible, dependable, and credible grievance mechanisms. The discussion will offer critical input to the proposed grievance mechanism for markets established under Article 6.4 of the UNFCCC Paris Agreement. 

Organizers: 
International Institute for Environment and Development
Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment
Land Portal Foundation
Namati
Land Rights for Sustainable Development - The Role of Data
17 January 2024

Location

European Commission Brussels
Belgium
BE
Global

Having secure land tenure, ensuring people's confidence in accessing, controlling and utilizing their land, is crucial for promoting sustainable land management practices. It also plays a key role in building resilience against the impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and increased desertification due to higher temperatures.

Organizers: 
International Land Coalition
Land Portal Foundation
Land Matrix
Prindex

Insights

Analysis and perspectives on issues that lie at the heart of land governance challenges.
 
What to Read Open Data
12 December 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Nieves Zúñiga
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Romy Sato
Global

A selection and review of readings that shed light on the role that open land data can play in equitable and sustainable development, and social justice.

data story climate, conflict and displacement in the Sahel
7 December 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Rick de Satgé
Western Sahara
Eastern Africa
Somalia
Middle Africa
Burkina Faso
Mali

Is climate change really the driver of conflict and displacement across the Sahel? This data story explores the history of conflicts in the region, the overlap with climate events and a wide range of institutional factors to investigate this question. The cases of Mali, Burkina Faso and Somalia are used as examples.

Data story banner, Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, by Leonard A. Floyd
16 November 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Marie Gagné
Africa
Ethiopia

Has land formalization - as a type of land reform - delivered on the promises of improving tenure security, agricultural productivity and women's land access? Learn more in this data story.

Camp for Internally Displaced in Bangassou, Central African Republic
5 September 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Marie Gagné
Central African Republic

In this interview, Prof. Felix Ngana talks about the creation of the Training and Research Unit (UFR) on Land Governance and Local Development (GFDL) at the University of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR). Following the establishment of a Bachelor's degree program, plans to extend this training to the Master's and PhD levels are already underway. These efforts are timely, as the country has embarked on a decentralization process to elect mayors and governors to head municipal and regional councils, respectively. 

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New Work

New work from the Land Portal.
 
data story climate, conflict and displacement in the Sahel
7 December 2023
Authors: 
Dr. Rick de Satgé
Western Sahara
Eastern Africa
Somalia
Middle Africa
Burkina Faso
Mali

Is climate change really the driver of conflict and displacement across the Sahel? This data story explores the history of conflicts in the region, the overlap with climate events and a wide range of institutional factors to investigate this question. The cases of Mali, Burkina Faso and Somalia are used as examples.

Open data and metadata
25 July 2023
Authors: 
Mr. Neil Sorensen
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global

A new publication titled "The Role of Metadata and Open Data in the Innovation Cycle of Land Administration" puts the spotlight on this dynamic domain. This publication offers valuable insights into the significance of open data and structured metadata, and how they can revolutionize land administration processes worldwide. By delving into the core principles of open data and metadata, this publication offers a comprehensive understanding of how these tools can be leveraged to foster innovation and drive positive change in the land governance sector.

 An abstract painting about Enhancing Access to Land Data
31 May 2023
Authors: 
Mr. Charl-Thom Bayer
Global

As an advocate for open land data, the Land Portal Foundation aims to improve access to land data, engage stakeholders, and support actions that promote data openness. I recently had the opportunity to introduce the State of Land Information Index (SOLIndex) and talk about the Open Up Guide at the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) Partners’ Meeting in Nairobi and show how these tools play a vital role in improving access to land information.

Land Governance Data Fragmentation
16 May 2023
Authors: 
Ms. Laura Meggiolaro
Global

The Land Portal Foundation, as a non-profit organization operating at the intersection of the open data and land governance communities, has been privileged over the past 5-8 years to be in a position to observe some interesting trends affecting the land governance data landscape. 

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