Unlocking land value
Founding Year: 2015
Location: The Netherlands
Secure land rights generate economic prosperity and curb deforestation. This has been proven. However, 75% of the planet’s land has unclear title. Developing countries need to map land rights to trigger development, but the methods available now are costly and time-consuming.
Landmapp is a cloud platform and mobile application that puts mapping in the hands of the landowner. It allows users to map their land and confirm their claim through a process Landmapp calls “Crowd-Validation”. This greatly speeds up registration while reducing costs. With clarified land tenure, rural communities can then unlock access to micro-finance, technical assistance, sustainability certification and carbon payments.
Team Members: Thomas Vaassen (International Business, Msc), Simon Ulvund (dropout), Paul Chatterton (Anthropology, MA)