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Namibia improves land management processes to accelerate sustainable economic growth

We created a feasibility study to help Namibia strengthen its land management processes.


Namibia is seeking to accelerate sustainable economic growth across the nation by strengthening the way it manages land administration – including land and property usage, title transactions and registration.

The Ministry of Land Reform (MLR) has secured World Bank funding to help modernise its land management. This includes a pre-feasibility study to support the planning of an effective project – considering improvement of geodetic infrastructure, review of usage policies, integration of systems, and the mapping and registration of land parcels.

With KfW Bank funding, Ordnance Survey (OS) undertook this feasibility study and highlighted the tasks to take the MLR to the next stage of their land reform programme, supporting sustainable use of Namibia’s land resources.

The challenge

  • Increasing government focus on the value of land.
  • Strengthening the management of land administration activities including land and property usage, title transactions and registration.
  • Determining the MLR's specification and accuracy requirements for capturing aerial imagery.
  • Appreciating and understanding the needs and aspirations of the local professional community and citizens.

The solution

OS used its collective land administration and geospatial expertise to deliver a feasibility study. This involved comprehensive situational analysis of geodetic infrastructure, integrating land management systems, surveying urban land parcels and the mapping and registration of communal land parcels.

The feasibility study report provides the MLR with the information and tasks required to take them to the next stage of their land reform programme.

These tasks include:

  • Identifying options for expanding and completing the vertical and horizontal geodetic networks. This includes designing business model options for the use of a Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) infrastructure.
  • Reviewing multiple, semi-dependent land information systems at different stages in their life cycle. OS’s experience of developing a common services platform was used – developing a proposal onto which all Namibia’s critical geospatial applications could migrate.
  • Working with the MLR to determine the specification and accuracy requirements for capturing aerial imagery. These will underpin the registration and mapping of rural and communal land parcels – including the design of a new data acquisition, mapping and revision programme.
"OS’s work in Namibia provided the necessary basis for the effective planning of their future land management modernisation programme. This helped to address the pressure on land increases from a rapid move to urbanisation over recent years, and recommended a path to ensure the sustainable development of the country."
Mark Tabor, Principal Production Consultant, Ordnance Survey

The benefits

Integration of land management systems (cadastral, valuation, deeds, communal land registration and flexible land tenure) and improvement of the geodetic infrastructure will support:

  • The efficient management and administration of the Namibian nation’s land resources, helping to reduce costs.
  • Sustainable use of the nation’s land resources to accelerate economic growth across the country.
  • Working towards the Namibian government’s goal to tackle major challenges around disparities in land distribution, and raise the quality of the existing land administration system.