Driving National Land Resilience

Global land and geospatial systems are important national resources. They contribute to stability and economic growth by providing security and surety around people’s greatest asset. The inclusion and integration of existing land and geospatial information into disaster risk management activities has the potential to significantly improve disaster resilience for stakeholders, particularly at the community level. The recent project carried out by members of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration at the University of Melbourne in conjunction with the Global Land and Geospatial Unit of the World Bank investigated this topic in depth looking at a number of cases at individual country levels to determine how resilience could be improved through the use of national land and geospatial systems.

The project produced a number of outcomes including a series of reports which feature an overarching flagship report and a standalone executive summary strategic publication, as well as four functioning tools for assessing resilience status of land and geospatial systems within country contexts and templates and guides for improving and enhancing land resilience. The outcomes of this project are being presented in Washington over the next two weeks during events held by the World Bank in conjunction with their annual conference on Land and Poverty.

Today, Thursday 21 st March Prof. Abbas Rajabifard has been invited to present this work at World Bank Global Practice Forum which is a forum focused on presenting work to help countries build capable, efficient, open, and accountable institutions. Next week, the team will make several presentations during the conference event, and will conduct on Friday 29 th March a Masterclass event which will offer in depth and a hands-on learning experience based around the major tools and outputs developed from this project.

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