Land Portal Foundation

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Legal Status of the Foundation

The Land Portal Foundation is registered as an ANBI (a Public Benefit Organisation) in the Netherlands under the RSIN number 854330045 since September 8th, 2014.

The post address is:

Land Portal Foundation
Postbus 716
9700 AS Groningen - The Netherlands

The Foundation is hosted by:

University of Groningen
Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen - The Netherlands

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Board of Directors

Leon Verstappen - Chair

Prof. dr. L.C.A. (Leon) Verstappen, a Dutch national, founded the International Alliance on Land Tenure and Administration (IALTA,, and leads a team of researchers working on land tenure, mainly focusing on land law. He studied Dutch Law and Dutch Notary Law (1983-1989) at the Radboud University Nijmegen, defending his thesis on ‘Transition of property’ in 1996 and earning his PhD in law. He practiced law as a notary for a decade, and in 1998 became a full professor of private law, with a focus on notarial law, at the Department for Private and Notarial Law of the Law Faculty, University of Groningen. Professor Verstappen has served in the past as Dean of the Law Faculty and as Academic Director of the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance. Among other positions, he is Deputy  Judge at the Court of Appeals of The Hague and Associate and Counsellor of Hekkelman lawyers and notaries in Arnhem and Nijmegen (the Netherlands). He has been engaged with the Land Portal since 2009 when IALTA became a member of the Land Portal partnership.



Magdalena Anna Kropiwnicka

Magdalena Anna Kropiwnicka is a food and land policy advisor experienced in governance, advocacy and multi-stakeholder partnerships and projects. In 2010, she founded Food and Climate Consulting, whose clients have included the European Commission, UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), the International Land Coalition, the Representation of the Republic of Poland to the Rome based UN Agencies and various international NGOs. From 2004 to 2009 Ms. Kropiwnicka led the establishment of an ActionAid office in Rome for the Rome Based Agencies (RBAs), where she served as a co-director, a member of ActionAid’s international management team, and co-managed the International Food Security Network (IFSN) representing 28 countries. In 2010, she advised the Chair of the UN Committee on Food Security (CFS) facilitating an in-depth UN system reform, and in 2011 was elected as Chair of the Rome-based EU and Swiss Working Group on Land as the EU’s key negotiator of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests. Ms. Kropiwnicka acted as the EU spokesperson at the 37th CFS, coordinating Rome’s agenda with EU institutions and EU Member States. From 2012-2015, she focused on the climate-agriculture nexus in the EU biofuels legislation process, land governance and EU’s policy coherence for development. She is base based in Kampala, Uganda.


Terry Parnell

Terry Parnell is the Mekong Regional Land Governance Information Platform Coordinator . She has more than 30 years of experience in development and humanitarian relief programs, including more than 20 years in Southeast Asia, most of that in Cambodia. Previously, as Program Director for East West Management Institute’s Open Development Initiative, she led the regional expansion of the Open Development platform, for which Open Development Cambodia (ODC) was the flagship. The Open Development model was conceived by Ms. Parnell in 2010 as a way to open up access to development information, across sectors and borders, to encourage constructive public dialogue on development trends and plans. Ms Parnell is now also working on the independent development of a platform to crowd-source stories related to people’s experience with environmental change. Ms. Parnell holds Masters degrees in both Education and Agriculture Education and Extension, with a focus on sustainable development and planned change, and a minor in Farming Systems Research and Development. She also has Certificates in African Studies and Tropical Agriculture. She is originally from Florida, in the United States, where she worked with the rural poor. She began her international career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Papua New Guinea. Ms. Parnell has also worked with grassroots groups advocating land and natural resources rights in Cambodia.


Joan Carling

Joan Carling, Secretary-General, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera, Philippines. She has been working on indigenous issues at the grassroots to international levels for more than 20 years. Her field of expertise includes human rights, sustainable development, environment, and climate change, as well as on the principles and application of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). She has been also been actively engaging in international bodies, processes and mechanisms such as with International Financial Institutions, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), REDD+ related mechanisms, UN agencies, and mechanisms relating to human rights and sustainable development in advancing the issues and concerns of indigenous peoples in Asia. She has been elected twice as the Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), starting in 2008 and has been representing AIPP’s 47 member-organizations in 14 countries. Ms. Carling also wrote and edited several AIPP publications and materials relating to human rights, climate change and REDD+, sustainable development, indigenous women among others. Ms. Carling was appointed by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as an indigenous expert- member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFii) for 2014-16.


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Foundation plans & policies

The main focus areas of the Land Portal Foundation are:

  • Improving knowledge, communication and dialogue around land rights and land governance worldwide, with a particular emphasis on those most at-risk due to insecure land rights and great vulnerability to landlessness;
  • Creating and maintaining a system, known as "The Land Portal", that facilitates the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and non-governmental organizations;
  • Encouraging social information exchange, debate and networking;
  • Establishing and maintaining a web-based data system that builds its strong foundations as the online destination for land information by combining public data, published information, and first-hand knowledge. 


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