From May 26th to May 30th I had the opportunity to participate in the ‘Professional Development Course on Cadastre Applied to Land Management and Urban Financing. This course was organized by the Lincoln Institute, an American institution dedicated to the study and discussion of matters related to land use, regulation and taxing. The objective: to generate spaces for public dialogue between governments and entities in charge of land administration in Latin American countries.
A total of 39 participants attended this course, and nearly all of Latin America was represented. Each of the participants went through a selection process based on their experience with the subject matter, their capacity to generate discussion in their respective organization or country, and their ability to apply acquired knowledge within their work environment.
The course was designed to demonstrate the relevance of cadastral systems as catalyzing instruments for spatial planning and revenue generation in Latin American cities. Additionally, participants were able to share knowledge and develop a common language that will improve dialogue between professionals who specialize in cadastral techniques.
The course focused on the following objectives:
- A thorough review of the Latin American cadastral reality, considering the real and potential effectiveness of the multipurpose orthodox models in urban planning and financing, as well as their respective applications in urban management
- The presentation of possible interfaces between land cadastre and real estate market, presenting examples of value observatories for cadastral update
- The identification of demands redirected to cadastre for the application of different urban financing instruments that are currently in use throughout Latin America
- The presentation of the most prevalent technical tools used to support, update and administer urban cadastre in the region
- The development of practical exercises for calculation and mapping of multiple urban issues, the featuring of the real estate market, and the analysis of the potential impact that certain urban planning decisions can generate in the market and on urban dynamics.
The course addressed some of the following topics:
- Latin American cadastral reality
- Cadastre and land market
- Urban financing
- Land information administration and the use of Geo-technologies
- Urban cadastre and planning
It was interesting to see that our Latin American countries share similar land related problems. From a cadastral applications standpoint, the course gave me the opportunity to determine the most imperative needs in this particular field; and from an operations level, it allowed me to identify the areas that require in-depth review.
In conclusion, it is important to address the current realities of Latin American countries. Many of these countries have evolved considerably in the last 20 years, and it is essential that we assess where we are and what needs to be done.
The facilitators of this course were a group of professionals with substantial expertise in the field: Professors Martim Smolka (Senior Fellow and Program Director for Latin America), Diego Alfonso Erba, Mario Andres Piumetto, Everton Da Silva and Carlos Morales (www.ihs.nl).