NIRAS: Your Global Partner in Land Tenure and Management

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With our public, private, and civil society partners, NIRAS aims to ensure that land tenure and management contribute to reducing poverty; enhancing livelihoods, social inclusion, and justice; strengthening investment opportunities; guaranteeing sound environmental management; empowering women; and reducing conflict. We ensure that no one is left behind.

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Land is the basis of all human activities. People are attached to land because their livelihoods, identities and histories are entwined with it. They establish social relationships to define the rules and rights in the access to, management of, and control over land and other natural resources.

Yet, the way in which land is accessed, managed, and controlled represents political, institutional, economic, environmental, social, and cultural challenges, which need to be governed to ensure equitable access as well as to procure a feeling of security to legitimate land holders.

In the past decade, NIRAS has implemented multiple land tenure and management projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America as lead company. Each project has had a budget of between EUR1−12M. Most of the projects included national level land administration information system development, systematic land registration, institutional development of land administration bodies, and a capacity-building element. Some projects have also included educational system development, village boundary demarcation, land use licensing land policy, and the drafting of land laws.

In this brochure, you can learn more about how governance of tenure and sustainable land management generate multiple positive impacts for people around the globe. Several of our projects are highlighted along with the holistic approach we take to ensure the rights of local people, as well as the history and economic development objectives of the country, are taken into careful consideration.

Our interventions typically involve one or several of the main building blocks, all of which are explained in detail in the brochure which is available to read online or download:

  • Developing policies, laws and institutional frameworks;
  • Securing access to land;
  • Registering tenure rights;
  • Strengthening tenure systems and land administration;
  • Raising awareness;
  • Building capacity;
  • Considering land tenure in relation to various development and environmental management actions.