Land Information System in Nepal

The Implementation of Land Information System in Nepal Project was carried out by His Majesty's Government of Nepal, Ministry of Land Reform and Management and the Department of Land Information and Archive, in close co-operation with the Swedish counterpart Swedesurvey.

The Nepal Government and Sida have financed the project. The project commenced in July 1999 and was finalised in March 2002.

The overall objective of the project was to transfer and develop knowledge about and gain experience in setting-up a Land Information System (LIS) in a test area in Nepal as well as to contribute with fundamental information about land and real properties for the society. The long-term objective of the project, beyond the execution of the project, was to use the methods developed as a model for the introduction of a LIS, containing both textual and graphical information, in Nepal. The objective of the Swedesurvey input was to help the Nepalese LIS team to start-up and support development of the LIS through transfer of knowledge, Swedish know how and institutional co-operation.

Transfer of knowledge and experiences was done though a number of courses conducted both in Sweden and in Nepal and though the inputs of the Swedish consultants working in Nepal on short-term basis. The courses have been on Land Information Systems, Change Management, Surveying Methods, LIS Legislation and Archiving.

By the end of the project the design and development of both attribute and spatial data system was completed and the attribute system had been operational in the two pilot districts Bhaktapur and Kaski for about a year.

Co-operation with other institutions and projects in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of work was an essential part of the project. The work with standardisation of geographic information in Nepal was also initialised through workshops with stakeholders.

The project has created awareness of the benefit and the complexity of the development of LIS and the experiences gained are valuable for the continued development of LIS in Nepal.