A functioning land administration system is an integral component of the institutional foundation of every country. Secure and registered land rights reduce conflicts and provide land owners with long-term incentives to invest in growth and improvements. In rural areas especially, the rights also protect traditional livelihoods and ensure household food security.

Registered land rights enable functional land markets, promote responsible investments and improve access to finance for rural smallholders. Land records with maps also provide information and tools for managing the land and planning for growth in housing, infrastructure and services. NIRAS’ holistic approach to land administration is based on understanding the livelihoods and traditional land use patterns of local people, as well as the history and development objectives.

We support governments in the development of cost-effective land administration systems which meet specific national objectives and conform to international standards. We have expertise in formulating policy and legal options.

Our approach and technologies are always tailored to match local conditions and capabilities and designed for long term sustainability. We exercise sensitivity to key social factors and develop innovative solutions to ensure the land rights of women, ethnic minorities and other vulnerable groups.

We provide consultancy services in the following areas:

  • Land administration
  • Land policy and legislation
  • Land registration
  • Land information systems 
  • Multi purpose cadastre development
  • Land reform
  • Land use planning
  • Urban planning