During his visit to Colombia in March 2017, former Netherlands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Bert Koenders expressed the continuous and active support of the Dutch Government to the peace process.
Therefore, the Netherlands, via its embassy in Colombia, is honored to contribute to the implementation of the peace agreements via this project, named 'Land in Peace'. The Dutch-Colombian collaboration will focus on fast and effective land administration. Land in Peace is based on a memorandum of understanding between Kadaster, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the ANT, and a memorandum of understanding between Kadaster, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and SNR.
Land in Peace is a cooperation of various institutions:
The Agencia Nacional de Tierras (ANT), related to the Ministry of Agriculture, is the highest Colombian authority regarding land. The agency is responsible for consolidating and maintaining the social order of rural property.
The Departamento Nacional de Planeación (DNP) may take over some of the tasks of IGAC. DNP is an administrative department that reports directly to the presidency of the Colombian Republic. The administrative departments are entities of a technical nature, responsible for directing and providing adequate information to the Colombian government.
The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, in short ‘Kadaster’ collects and registers administrative and spatial data on property and the rights involved. Kadaster also carries out international activities. As an advisory body, it applies its knowledge of land registrations and geographic information in countries that have need for it.
The Superintendencia de Notariado y Registro (SNR), of the Ministry of Justice, is responsible for the registry of the land titles. SNR provides on demand documents on real estate with its historical chain of title. The institute is leading in the juridical process of restitution, formalization and protection of land in Colombia.
Instituto Sinchi is a technical and scientific research centre focused on the ecological and social reality of the Amazone regions. Their elaborate experience and local contacts in the region of Vistahermosa are of great help during the field work.
The University Distrital Francisco José de Caldas from Bogota participates in the project with two different (master) programs and offers crucial academic support in the execution of the project Land In Peace. They have a memorandum of understanding with the Kadaster.