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Regional Workshop on Land Tenure and Land Consolidation

Santiago de Compostella, Spain, 09/02/2009 - 11/02/2009

The regional workshop on land tenure and land consolidation with the title "Land Development Instruments and Information Tools to Assist Land Structure Reforms: the Galician Experience" was held in February 2009 in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. It was sponsored by the Regional Ministry of Rural Affairs. Government of Galicia, Consellería do Medio Rural, Xunta de Galicia and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The 2009 Regional Workshop (Galicia) built on the foundation laid by earlier regional workshops on land consolidation and it is part of FAO's programme to assist countries to develop responses to their problems of land fragmentation and adverse rural conditions. It provided an opportunity for senior officials responsible for land consolidation and rural development in countries of the region, particularly from CIS countries, to learn about land banking. It helped to reinforce and consolidate the knowledge gained by participants in the series of workshops since 2005, and to strengthen the peer network of professionals who are responsible for implementing land consolidation across the region.

The 2009 workshop (Galicia) was based on the following two technical topics:

  • Land development instruments (BanTeGal, UXFOR, draft law on land structure reform) 
  • Land information tools for land development (GIS, information systems)

Participants came from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and UNMIK Kosovo.

Technical sessions were led by specialists from Galicia (Spain), Portugal, and Sweden, under the overall guidance of FAO.
The objectives of the workshop were the following:

  • To increase the knowledge about modern land tenure reform instruments, such as: -The new land tenure structure reform in Galicia, focusing on: - The functioning of the Galician Land Bank (BanTeGal) after a year of operation - The functioning of the Forest Management Units (UXFOR) as efficient instruments to consolidate forest areas - The new draft Act on Land Structure Reform, which is under elaboration in order to adapt the land consolidation schemes to the real needs of the Galician countryside and coordinate it with the new land development instruments - Similar initiatives in other countries
  • To increase the knowledge on land administration and information systems to implement land policies, as well as the use of new technologies in the achievement of land policy objectives
  • To strengthen the peer network of land development professionals around Europe
  • To illustrate the new policies and instruments trough visiting field projects and case studies

Programme

Technical session:
Land development instruments

Land Development in Galicia, a new perspective
Gonzalo Constenla Bergueiro, Director of the Ministry of Rural Affairs of Galicia in the province of Pontevedra

The Galician farm model and its relation with land
Orlando Pablo Vázquez Yanez, Sub-director General of Farms. Ministry of Rural Affairs of Galicia

Land Development instruments in Europe
Richard Eberlin, Land Tenure and Rural Development Officer, FAO

The Land Bank of Galicia
Francisco Jose Onega Lopez, Managing Director of the Land Bank of Galicia (BanTeGaL)

Estimating potential supply and demand of land in Galicia: a decision support tool for the Galician Land Bank
Eduardo Corbelle Rico, Researcher of the University of Santiago de Compostela - LABORATE

Valuation of referencial land prices for the Land Bank Actions
Marcial Diaz Santos, Responsible of geographic tools of the SITGA. Regional Ministry of Rural Affairs of Galicia

Evaluation of the Land Bank activities
Elsa Coimbra, Researcher of the Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia (Lisboa) - Laborate USC

Land Consolidation in Galicia
Cristina Zolle Fernández, Directorate of Agrarian Structures and Infrastructures. Regional Ministry of Rural Affairs of Galicia

Draft of the New Act on the Agrarian Structure Reform
Part1 - Part2
Alejandro Vázquez Moliní, Sub-director General of Agrarian Structures and Infrastructures. Ministry of Rural Affairs of Galicia

Galician forest and the Forest Management Units (UXFOR)
Enrique Alvarez, Responsible of the Technical Team for the UXFOR

FAO's experience with joint private forest management approaches in Europe
Hubert Inhaizer, Junior Forestry Officer - FAO - SEUR

Technical session:
Land information tools for land development

Evolution of the Spanish Cadastre
Benito Bericoechea, Regional Manager of the Spanish Cadastre in Galicia. Ministry of Economy and Finance

Farm Land Geographical Information System
Santiago Vázquez Abal, Head of CAP aids. FOGGA. Regional Ministry of Rural Affairs

Hungarian land use registry, cadastral mapping system and National Land Fund
Balazs Szeder, Junior Land Tenure Officer, FAO

GIS in land consolidation: the future tool to success. Experiences for forest land consolidation in Sweden
Mats Backman, Swedsurvey - Sweden

Information Systems to manage the Land Bank of Galicia and the Forest Management Units
Ramón Doallo Biempica, Full Professor of the Department of Electronics and Systems; Director of the Computer Architecture Group; University of A Coruna

Field Trip

Area of land association
Francisco Jose Onega Lopez, Managing Director of the Land Bank of Galicia (BanTeGal)

Uxfor Baldariz (Cartelle)
Enrique Alvarez, Responsible of the Technical Team for the UXFOR

Land development project in Penama
Cristina Zolle Fernandez, Directorate of Agrarian Structures and Infrastructures. Regional Ministry of Rural Affairs of Galicia

Central de Biomassa Forestal Residual
Allarluz, S.A

Wrap-up and Conclusions