In October 2014, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted 12 million Norwegian kroner to the Norwegian Mapping Authority for the implementation of a new project in Georgia: Maps for sustainable land management.
Since the establishment of Georgia as an independent state, the Government has allocated much effort to privatization of land and buildings. Securing private ownership to property and establishing a functioning market in privatized property, with opportunities to use property as security for loans, is regarded as a fundamental issue for social and economic development. NAPR has achieved significant success in the development and implementation of a modern, efficient and transparent system for registration of property rights and transactions, with a possibility for serving the public via internet.
However, the location of parcel boundaries is poorly documented, because of lack of appropriate maps. A large number of property titles, especially for property shares in rural areas, were issued without field surveying of parcel boundaries and do not have any maps indicating the property location. Only old maps from the Soviet time - last update in 1982 - are still available, being outdated and largely not reflecting the current situation on the ground. This is causing land disputes, significant problems to real estate registration, as well as to land use planning, to improvements to infrastructure, to construction and to sustainable land management, to name some issues in need of up-to-date maps.
As is the case for many new states of former Soviet Union, Georgia has not been able to establish domestic capacity for production of maps, and depends on bringing in foreign companies. NAPR is responsible for development and implementation of a national spatial data infrastructure in Georgia, and distribution of reliable and updated geographic information to state and public institutions, private sector and public in general. New maps are much needed for Georgia. They will form the basic layer for the infrastructure, as well as help identifying and correct errors that occurred during initial privatization.
Preparing up-to-date orthophoto maps for 40 000 sq.km of the territory of Georgia.
The cooperating partner is the National Agency of Public Registry (NAPR), which is a state authority subordinated to the Ministry of Justice and is responsible for Cadastre, Land Registry, Geodesy and Mapping in Georgia.
The Norwegian Mapping Authority's International Services section is supervising and monitoring the project. They received additional funding to assist with disaster response and remediation after flooding 13th-14th June, 2015. Read more...
Facts Georgia project
- Project leader: Elena Busch
- Budget: 12 million NOK
- Partner: The National Agency of Public Registry of Georgia (NAPR)
- Project period: 2015 – April 2018