The Kosovo Cadastral Agency (KCA), part of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, is the highest authority of Cadastre, Geodesy, and Cartography in Kosovo and was established with assistance from UN-Habitat in 2000. The KCA is working to implement an integrated land information system detailing cadastral information as well as data from the Registry of Immovable Property Rights.
Cadasta was enlisted by the World Bank to support the Kosovo Cadastral Agency (KCA) in their efforts to test innovative and scalable approaches to document and secure the property rights of women in Kosovo.
The project targeted a community in Kosovo which suffered tremendously during the Kosovo conflict, with most of the community’s males having been abducted and presumed killed. As a result of the conflict, many women lack formal registration to the land and the homes they occupy, or at best, possess property documents in the names of their deceased male relatives.
Cadasta assisted the KCA’s efforts by providing an overview of available data collection tools, and testing how mobile applications supported by drone imagery might be used to expedite data collection and ensure a collaborative process with land holders.. Cadasta’s review informed the KCA’s field data collection forms and appropriate methods to maximize the data’s utility.
Cadasta also assisted the KCA with the field data collection, tested the utility of the tools, and verified the time needed to collect data versus using traditional methods.
The use of mobile application for data collection proved time efficient and consistent for KCA’s purposes. Mobile data collection also provided staff with the ability to capture photos of properties and supporting documentation which was used to create an initial spatial database.