About the Land Portal

The International Land Coalition (ILC) and Landtenure.info are the originators of the Land Portal, an easy access, easy-to-use platform to share land related information, to monitor trends, and identify information gaps to promote effective and sustainable land governance. This partnership is open to other land-related organisations aimed to be actively engaged in the Land Portal development.

Goal and objectives

A lot of information exists on the internet about land. This information, however, is generally very fragmented and difficult to locate. There is a need for an access point that links those searching for reliable, updated land information with those offering it. The long-term objective for the Land Portal is to become the reference point on land related information on the internet.

The Land Portal serves in the first instance to aggregate existing information sources from around the web as well as facilitate the posting of information that is currently not online. The coordinators of the Portal act as editors to display information in a way that makes it more digestible, through tagging and aggregating it according to country or topic, and summarizing and synthesizing.

The portal is designed together with partner organizations producing the information and users of the Portal. It is an open space for information sharing, in which, according to agreed-upon criteria by the partners, anyone can access, add or update information. As such, the Land Portal also hopes to generate discussion around land information with the aim of improving it.

Governance

The Land Portal’s governing body is the Steering Committee, composed of the founding partners: ILC, IFAD, IALTA, AGTER, ActionAid, IEH.

The Land Portal Technical Advisory Group is an informal group of experts, consulted together or individually for various technical matters of the Land Portal projects, strategy and operations.

Target Audience

The Portal is structured to respond to different needs and opportunities. Generally, it responds to the needs of an expert audience of civil society organisations, social movements, governmental institutions, academia/ research organisations and the media.

The portal serves the needs of the participating organizations, and in a second place respond to the interests of other audiences:

  • Governmental officials working in local and national level institutions dealing with land and natural resources related issues.
  • Representatives of civil society organizations (NGOs/CSOs/FBOs) working on land, gender and rural development issues. They might be looking for land data, legislation, policies, organizations and experts working in the land sector.
  • Staff of international multilateral organizations dealing with land and natural resources related issues, working on poverty, food security or gender issues.
  • Independent development practitioners and land professionals (lawyers, surveyors, land tax experts, etc.).
    Journalists, media experts looking for reliable data or land news.
  • Field workers and development planners/consultants who would need reliable data.
  • Academia, researchers looking for reliable datasets or land related publications, studies.
  • Policy makers working at field, national, regional or international level on land related issues.
  • Individuals or groups of independent trainers involved on natural resource institutions.

Growth of the Partnership and the Portal

While the partnership aims to be inclusive of all producers of land related information, it also recognizes that it will only succeed in building an interesting and useable portal if it starts relatively small. Therefore, the portal is built following a phased approach: it is the short term goal to make an inventory of the existing information among the partnership and to work to make this information accessible through the land portal in a coherent way; in a second step work will be undertaken to close gaps and enlarge the partnership.

One important measurement for the growth of the Portal will be the use of web statistics. Using statistics about user preferences, participation patterns will reveal preferred content and features as well as uncovered strengths and weaknesses of the platform. The partnership will use this data to determine the specific areas to invest money and attention to in the coming years.