Experts on land and UN-HABITAT officials have resolved after a meeting in Nairobi to improve the security of land tenure also in Kenya’s urban areas.
During a workshop 12-13 June under the auspices of the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK), the Commonwealth Association of Surveyors and Land Economists (CASLE) and UN-HABITAT, many commitments were made. Mr. Amos Kimunya, Minister for Lands and Settlements promised that his ministry would provide land for slum upgrading.
The Institute of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK), the Commonwealth Association of Surveyors and Land Economists in Kenya (CASLE), and UN-HABITAT agreed on the following set of eight resolutions:
- ISK/CASLE resolves to participate and contribute in the development of national land policies in the East African region, especially in regard to innovative tenures, affordable land management and land information systems capable of being implemented at scale.
- ISK/CASLE supports UN-HABITAT’s endeavours to create an international task force to prevent forced evictions.
- ISK resolves to contribute to the improvement of good governance in land management systems and to strengthen the observance of professional ethics.
- The workshop resolves to undertake a study to assess equity issues including those relating to women’s rights and other vulnerable groups in land titling and land management systems starting with the East African region.
- The workshop resolves to encourage governments and professionals in the region to extend the lessons learnt from Kenya’s rural land administration programme to the urban areas for the purpose of informal settlement development.
- The workshop resolves to set up a study group in support of the development of land information systems for poverty alleviation, good governance, decentralization and affordable land management including security of tenure for the poor and the delivery of social and economic services.
- CASLE resolves to encourage appropriate education and training for surveyors and land economists including continuing professional development relating to land information systems and land management. It also resolves to play its part in building capacity in the other stakeholders.