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Regional SDI Cooperation and its Role in Improving Land Governance

Victoria Stanley and Goce Gruevski

(Submission #244)


With a national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI), multiple kinds of spatial data provided by different entities are used simultaneously and joined as layers in various user applications. An NSDI includes institutional, policy, technical, standards and human resources dimensions. The purpose of an SDI is to make this data more easily available for a wide range of public and private sector actors to facilitate better decision making for national and local planning, potential for investment and development, transparency and service efficiency.

The Voluntary Guidelines on Governance of Tenure approved by the UN Committee on Food Security in 2012 recognize the importance of SDI in several principles of the guidelines (including 6.5 and 17.2). In terms of better governance, SDI facilitates greater transparency of information – what data is held, by whom, where – and greater access to this information by a wide range of public and private entities.

Many countries throughout the world are developing SDIs to better manage and utilize their spatial data assets, and increasingly, these countries are finding it necessary to cooperate across borders and regionally. Countries are recognizing that trade, infrastructure, and natural resources all cross borders and that it is important to develop Regional SDIs to assist in decision-making that has an important impact across national boundaries (for instance for disaster response, NRM). In doing so these countries and SDI networks increasingly impact on broader land governance issues.

Due to the fact that regional SDI is more and more recognized by the governments, a number of regional initiatives on SDI are ongoing at the moment in different parts of the world. The purpose of the presentation will be to present the particular challenges of regional SDI programs and possible solutions for effective collaboration with a focus on the Balkan's regional SDI cooperation.


Topic Area:  [2.4] Regional cooperation: building SDI for better governance
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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