Proven solutions for building good governance

Land and its management form the basis of all societies. A sound land policy, good governance in land tenure, land use and land administration, and the sustainable management of natural resources are critical success factors in ensuring economic growth, food security, nature conservation, the protection of vulnerable groups, poverty reduction and housing. Land policy and land policy instruments determine how a government provides access to land, offers tenure security, regulates the land market, implements land reform, protects the environment and levies land taxes. Such tasks are even more challenging in post-conflict or post-disaster areas, or where government systems are in transition.

GAF has more than 20 years of experience in the institutional and technical establishment of practical measures for improving governance in the areas of land management, agriculture, forestry and mining. GAF is a leading provider of top class consultancy services, cutting-edge information systems and software solutions for the organisation of cadastres and registries. This is underlined by the fact that GAF has implemented more than 2000 licences at ministries, governance boards, individual businesses and organisations in the public and private sectors.

Authoritative data and an effective infrastructure

We have comprehensive expertise and skills in catering for specific needs regarding data and information, as well as their use for land administration and land management purposes. This includes providing advice on suitable approaches, methods and technology for surveying and registration, as well as for the governance of land, the environment and natural resources. A major strength from which our clients benefit is the company’s diverse range of national and international experience, which includes the provision of services to existing, highly sophisticated administrations as well as to emerging markets and newly formed administrative agencies with extensive and rapidly evolving demands. This experience helps us pinpoint the real priorities and to ensure that we cater for the scalability needs and specific works required in a particular agency. This ultimately helps the agencies provide a professional, reliable and efficient customer service.

Sound and integrated land management solutions

GAF has wide-ranging experience and a broad thematic scope within the land management sector, including the design and implementation of land information, registration and cadastral systems. Successfully realised projects range from real property and mineral/hydrocarbon titling management systems to comprehensive agricultural and forestry cadastres and integrated land information systems.

Meeting the requirements

Solid and reliable administration and governance of land are essential for rural and urban areas, both in terms of ensuring the provision of living space and as an economic resource that supports the economy while ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources. Such issues constitute a challenge that impacts economic development, land tenure, environmental policy, agriculture and crop production, regional and urban planning, mineral development, water supply and many other activities. Efficiency, transparency and secure rights of ownership and use are essential aspects of land administration systems and underpin sustainable economic and social development. Meeting individual requirements and providing solutions with the required level of technical complexity are key aspects in this regard.


  • Institutional assessment and advice
  • Land administration and land information systems 
  • Land registries and cadastre
  • Land management support
  • Parcel mapping and zoning
  • National spatial data infrastructure
  • Web-based information and mapping services
  • Geodetic surveying and ground control
  • High resolution satellite imagery and GIS mapping solutions for supporting cadastral maps
  • Computerised cadastre systems and solutions: fully scaleable and user-friendly


  • Land management and administration agencies
  • Ministries of agriculture and forestry
  • Ministries of economy, justice
  • Ministries of mines and energy
  • National, state, provincial, regional and local planning authorities
  • International financing institutions such as the World Bank
  • International organisations (FAO, IFAD, DLC...)
  • Public services including tax assessment, emergency management, public works and homeland security planning