Cadasta and Esri Partner to Put Land Rights on the Map

Esri, the global market leader in GIS, was founded as Environmental Systems Research Institute in 1969.  While land use consulting was at its core, the company has since grown and has a much broader vision to solve some of the world’s most difficult challenges. It does so through a commitment to science, sustainability, community, education, research, and positive change. In fact, innovation, research and a user-centric business model drives Esri’s work. Unique to the industry, the company spends more than 25% of its annual revenue on research and development each year to advance the Science of Where.

Esri is best known for building ArcGIS, which is the world’s most powerful mapping and spatial analytics software platform. ArcGIS is a complete location platform that lets users create maps and location apps and share them with anyone who needs them, anywhere, and on any platform or device. Esri also provides user education and training, technical support, and professional consulting services to help users apply the technology for more effective decision making and outcomes. Esri’s advanced mapping and analytics platform comes with access to authoritative demographic data, imagery and base maps for most nations around the globe.

Today, Esri software is used by more than 350,000 organizations worldwide. This includes more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies, 1,100 national government agencies, 24,000 state and local governments, 7,000 colleges and universities, and more than 13,000 nonprofit organizations. Esri has also pledged $1 billion in software to 100,000 K-12 US schools.

Esri has had a long history of working with nations and nonprofits responsible for the land and natural resources sectors. Information on land and resource rights, property boundaries, land use and value are critical to over 50 percent of government processes.  Without this foundational data, it is nearly impossible for governments to properly track ownership, collect taxes, govern land use, and administer land rights.

“ArcGIS provides the technology platform for land administration activities, including all the tools countries need to improve land administration business processes, create efficiencies, and improve parcel data accuracy,” said Brent Jones, Esri land records/cadastre industry manager. “Esri’s ArcGIS software provides a complete platform for land administration giving nations and their partners the tools to plan work, conduct field data collection, maintain their system of record, and quickly disseminate their authoritative data.” It provides a scalable platform that can be deployed as “fit-for-purpose” allowing simple field capture, management and publication of parcel data in the cloud or can be implemented as an enterprise system that can meet the needs of a modern property management solution. This flexibility allows users around the globe to grow and take on more functionality as functional needs and the volume of transactions grows over time.  

Hundreds of jurisdictions around the world are using Esri’s software platform for the collection, management and dissemination of critically important land rights data. This ranges from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa who are still in the early stages of creating their national parcel fabric to the Bureau of Land Management for the United States, which is one of the world’s largest land management agencies. In fact, with over 80 distributors located worldwide, Esri has tremendous experience implementing its technology in different contexts and environments.  

We at Esri are excited to have Cadasta join our community of users. Cadasta joins the ranks of other non-profits using Esri technology for positive social and environmental impact, including the American Red Cross, World Research Institute and the Nature Conservancy.

We believe the tools and services Cadasta provides are critical to building stronger and more sustainable communities. Since many vulnerable people around the world are not currently served by their countries’ land administration agencies, Cadasta plays an important role in helping to bridge the divide between the informal and formal land administration sectors. With many national and sub-national land administration organizations already leveraging some element of ArcGIS, we see enormous potential for new types of collaborations.

We look forward to partnering with Cadasta to continually improve the tools needed to document, analyze, store and share land and resource rights information. With ArcGIS, Cadasta will be able to enhance the capabilities it offers while also scaling up its activities around the world through a reliable and proven technology platform.