The module 3 corresponds to the level of intervention of subnational entities, i.e. Municipal Districts and Indigenous Communities and Territories (ICT) where LAPs seek to promote multipurpose land administration systems.

Module 3: LAPs and Subnational Entities

Cumulative experience and challenges for LAPs

LAPs should pay particular attention to the following in relation to municipal governments:

  • Establishing technical standards and rules in line with coordination mechanisms and information exchange with other areas of municipal management.
  • Supporting systems that ensure that local governments can assume responsibility and provide continuity for the maintenance of the cadastral, titling and land registration database.
  • Adopting techniques that ensure an IT system capable of establishing links between the municipal cadastre and other land administration institutions.
  • Supporting the creation of a multiuse cadastral database (property taxes, territorial planning, development of infrastructure, etc.).
  • Ensuring the training and education of staff in the introduction of new technologies.
  • Ensuring staff awareness to guarantee fair access to land and to decision-making spaces.
  • Ensuring long-term educational opportunities to guarantee that there is a flow of qualified workers to ensure system continuity.
  • Ensuring well-organized processes and transparency and accountability mechanisms, since without service standards it is easier to create opportunities for bribery, corruption and favouritism”1, and since organizational efforts generally yield better results where transparency and reciprocity exist between the agencies involved2.
  • Encouraging the alignment of cadastral and territorial planning actions in the field, as for office work guided by established models.
  • Encouraging technical certification approval for those who generate and enter system information with the aim of implementing a reliable, updated, single national cadastral system.


1 Burns, T. (2007).
2 FAO (2007).