EU-Twinning Project "Reduce Discrepancies between the physical reality and the Graphical cadastral information in Jordan for the Department of Lands and Survey (DLS)”

Swedesurvey implementing an EU-Twinning Project in Jordan

Swedesurvey is selected for the implementation of the EU-Twinning Project "Reduce Discrepancies between the physical reality and the Graphical cadastral information in Jordan for the Department of Lands and Survey (DLS)”.
Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (in short Kadaster) from the Netherlands is cooperating in the project as Junior Partner.

DLS is one of the oldest institutions in Jordan (established in 1927). In addition to management of the treasury lands, DLS handles two main tasks: cadastral surveying and registration of land property. The duties of DLS includes to complete and maintain the cadastral system in Jordan (the cadastral maps and the registration records), fixing the borders of the plots (parcels), settling (solving) disputes on land and issuing cadastral maps. It also includes the establishment of a comprehensive land valuation system.

The goal of this Twinning Project is to enhance the technical and administrative capacities of DLS in the field of cadastre and land administration, in order to provide complete, accurate, objective and up to date information.

The objective could be summarized to achieve an accurate and verified cadastre system through a unified geo-reference system with necessary and easily accessible information, including building data; improving the cadastral services by simplifying and enhancing the cadastral procedures, strengthening the capacity building and increasing the institutional cooperation, including data sharing.

The main beneficiary of this one million Euro project is DLS, while other ministries and agencies within Jordan will participate in and benefit from the project, mainly Greater Amman Municipality, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, The Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre and The Association for Owner of Land Survey Offices.

The project includes five project mandatory results, to which are linked five Twinning components defining the implementation strategy. They are defined as:

  1. One geo-referencing system for cadastral information has been implemented
  2. Building information representation in the cadastre has been improved in a pilot area
  3. Re-engineering and simplification of the cadastral procedures has been implemented and evaluated
  4. Capacity building action plan is improved and implemented
  5. Institutional co-operation and exchange of information has been agreed upon between the main stakeholders

This award comes in recognition of the comparative advantages offered by Swedesurvey as well as Sweden’s long tradition of development and use of land information to contribute to sustainable social and economic development. Lantmäteriet was established in 1628 and has since then been responsible for the national land administration, including the management of the Swedish national geodetic reference networks, national topographic mapping and later on the SDI development. Lantmäteriet is the major competent body in geodesy in Sweden. In addition to the management and maintenance of the Swedish national geodetic reference network, Lantmäteriet also carries out comprehensive research and development work as well as governs, maintains and operates SWEPOS TM, the national CORS network.

Lantmäteriet had the honour of implementing the first twinning project in Jordan with the title “Enhancement of the Cadastral System in Jordan for the Department of Land and Survey”. The project concluded successfully by April 2013 and was evaluated with highest score from the EU twinning reviewers.