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"Land Administration in Central Asia: Building Systems for 21st Century Challenges", Bishkek

19 - 20 March 2013

This workshop will explore the challenges of developing robust land registration and land administration systems in Central Asia.  For more information on the Eight Session of the Working Party on Land Administration on 18 March 2013 and the World Bank/UNECE workshop "Land Administration in Central Asia: Building Systems for 21st Century Challenges" on 19 March and 20 March 2013, please visit http://conference.gosreg.kg/.

Strengthening cooperation between Europe and Central Asia for better land management

Member States of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) came together a the eighth session of the UNECE Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) on 18 March 2013 to decide on the next steps for the cooperation between land administration and cadaster agencies in the UNECE region. The session was hosted by the Government of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek. The session was also attended by WPLA partner organizations, including the World Bank, EuroGeographics, European Land Information Service, International Federation of Surveyors, others.

The session was followed by the workshop “Land Administration in Central Asia: Building Systems for 21st Century Challenges” held on 19 and 20 March in Bishkek. The workshop was hosted by the Government of Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the UNECE WPLA and the World Bank.

This workshop addressed the challenges and prospects for land administration and cadaster agencies throughout the UNECE region, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities related to land management in the countries of Central Asia. This was the first event where land administration experts of all the five Central Asian countries came together who also had a possibility to exchange experiences and practices in land administration with the leading European experts. The workshop participants emphasized the importance of organizing regular meetings involving specialists from Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Narynbek Isabekov, the Head of Department of Cadaster and Registration of Kyrgyzstan, stressed in his closing remarks that “though this workshop has demonstrated that Central Asian countries have made achievements in the development of their land administration systems, at the same time, many challenges related to building national capacities for land administration, remain. To address these challenges, international cooperation needs to be strengthened”. The thematic workshops, which are organized by the WPLA in cooperation with its partners at least twice a year, offer an effective platform for organization of regular exchanges of experiences and best practices in land administration.

The next such workshop on e-governance named “Collaborating for Secured Ownership” will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, from 29 to 31 May 31 and is hosted in cooperation with the Swedish Mapping, Cadastre and Land Registry Agency.

More information on WPLA sessions and workshops can be found at http://www.unece.org/hlm/welcome.html .  For any queries or additional information, please contact:

Mr. Michael Milligan
Housing and Land Management Unit
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Email: Michael.Milligan@unece.org
Telephone : +41 (0)22 917 1357


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