The World Bank has approved an International Development Association (IDA) grant of US$7million for the Liberia Land Administration Project. The project will strengthen the institutional capacity of the Liberia Land Authority and establish a land administration system.
This project, according to the World Bank, will help establish processes and the infrastructure required to implement land policies and laws focusing on identification, ownership, use and valuation of land. This will lead to the development of requisite land laws and regulations, and conducting awareness raising campaigns on land rights and usage, and establish an inventory of tribal land certificates.
“The World Bank is pleased to support the Liberia Land Administration project, because it will create a secure land tenure environment for citizens, communities and investors’ land rights in critical sectors such as agriculture, mining and forestry,” said Larisa Leshchenko, World Bank Country Manager in Liberia.
“As Liberia transitions democratically, it is essential that the bank helps in addressing potential triggers of conflict in land tenure systems to sustain peace and stability for economic transformation.”
This project will be implemented by the Liberia Land Authority. It will further develop the inventory and analysis of tribal land certificates and the land administration system, and support project coordination, monitoring and evaluation.
Under the project, government entities will benefit from the establishment of a geodetic (portable, automated photogrammetric systems for non-contact, high accuracy 3D coordinate measurements) control network that will serve as a basic geo-positioning reference for surveying. It will develop key land regulations and plans, which will benefit customary and private land rights holders in Liberia, including individuals and communities as well as the public and private sectors.
“The World Bank is looking forward to support the implementation of this project as land is at the center of development challenges. The project will in the long-term help to resolve land conflicts, enhance own-source local revenues, and contribute to accelerated growth and poverty reduction impacting land holders and communities, including vulnerable groups and women,” said Victoria Stanley and Linus Pott, World Bank co-task team leaders of the project.