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GEOSPATIAL WORLD EXCELLENCE AWARD for the project “its4land”

A special commendation for HANSA LUFTBILD AG and all other cooperating partners

To accomplish swiftly and cost-efficiently the registration of millions of previously unrecorded land rights in sub-Saharan states such as Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia was the challenge of the “its4land” project.

In a cooperative effort an innovative cadastral system for the comprehensible recording of information on land plots and proprietary rights has been developed by the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente, the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster, the Ruhengeri Institute of Higher Education (Rwanda) and further partners. This system now serves as the foundation for a sustainable development of economy and society: Disputes concerning land ownership will be reduced and investment opportunities identified. The project was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Innovative geo techniques and methods, e.g. smart sketch maps, UAV, automated object recognition software and cloud services, have been employed in the context of “its4land”. A state-of-the-art toolbox for the registration of landownership rights has been created: designed to meet the needs of users and the market, easily to be applied nearly anywhere. The partners’ close collaboration on local, national and international levels facilitated the project’s success.

HANSA LUFTBILD AG contributed to the project by building a technical platform for the publication and distribution of geo data based on the Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) as well as creating an operating model for the successful market-oriented presentation of the innovations developed.