“Cadasta” is derived from the term “cadastre” which is defined by the International Federation of Surveyors as “a parcel based, and up-to-date land information system containing a record of interests in land (e.g. rights, restrictions and responsibilities).”
It is estimated that 70 percent of land in the developing world is undocumented, leaving more than a fourth of the world’s population vulnerable to conflict, evictions, and encroachment.
Secure land rights are key to stability and prosperity. Without them, families and businesses lack the security they need to invest in their property. Furthermore, extractive industries and developers can appropriate lands held by less powerful groups or individuals.
That’s why we are putting land rights on the map.
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Founded in 2015, our mission is to be the leading provider of technical tools and services to document land and resource rights and thus build stronger, more sustainable communities.
Our global platform and suite of mobile and web-based tools help users easily and securely document, visualize, analyze, and share crucial land and resource rights data.
We also train our users and partners to leverage our tools and documented land data to advocate for the recognition of land and resource rights that strengthens tenure security and increases access to public and private services.
Cadasta Foundation is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization comprised of a team of land rights experts, technologists, and sustainable development professionals who are guided by Board Members and Strategic Advisors. Cadasta’s staff, Board, and Advisors are united in their commitment to empowering individuals, organizations, communities, and governments with the information they need to make data-driven decisions to secure their land rights and improve resource governance.
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Since our founding in 2015, dozens of organizations from around the world have trusted our tools and services to help them collect, store, and manage their sensitive information about land and resource rights.