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Land Administration and Management

Sound land administration and sustainable land management are indispensable for economic, social and environmental development. They are also vital for good governance.

The Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) is an intergovernmental group of experts and policy officials from UNECE member countries. It works to improve land administration and management through activities based on cooperation and the exchange of experiences between all countries in the UNECE region.

It provides a venue for sharing knowledge and fostering discussion between Governments. Every two years, the WPLA meets to set policy and plan on UNECE's work on land management; its eleventh session was held in Geneva in February 2019. In between sessions, the WPLA Bureau works year-round to fulfil the mandates of the WPLA.

The WPLA focuses on strategies to develop better land administration, land management and land governance by:

Conducting in-depth research, including in-country land administration reviews upon requests from Governments, as part of the UNECE country profiles. The WPLA conducts thematic research across the UNECE region, in the past completing studies on fraud in land administration institutions and comparisons of cadastral and registration fees and charges.  Recent studies include the challenge of informal settlements and on land administration systems.

Facilitating experience sharing and knowledge exchange.  Through workshops hosted by UNECE member States, usually in cooperation with an international organization partner, the Working Party promotes international learning and cooperation.

Collecting and sharing data on land administration systems throughout the UNECE region.