The consultation on international standard by a coalition of over 30 not-for-profit organisations - International Land Measurement Standards (ILMS) – is now open for comments.

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The need for ILMS 

  • ILMS aims to improve the level of security of land tenure, with 70% of land in some nations remaining unregistered.
  • RICS is among a coalition of 30 organisations working on ILMS - aiming to bring about consistency in land and property transaction reporting standards worldwide.
  • ILMS will set a standard for classifying, defining, measuring, analysing, presenting and reporting land information which can be applied at regional, state, national or international level.

Around the world, levels of security around land ownership vary enormously. Some nations do not currently have embedded formal systems and up to 70% of land remains unregistered. This does not mean that nobody owns the land but that the legitimate owners ‘rights’ over that land are not recognised in a formal system of land administration.

RICS is among a coalition of over 30 not-for-profit organisations working to bring about consistency in land and property transaction reporting standards worldwide. The consultation for the draft standard is an open consultation and can be accessed via the following link.

The consultation will close on 28 February 2018.

Benefits of ILMS

In practice, ILMS may be adopted systematically, i.e. by governments putting in place functioning LIS (Land Information Search) or sporadically on a transaction driven basis. ILMS sets out a structure for describing and reporting relevant land information for land transaction purposes.

The issue of land governance is prominent in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015 and within the New Urban Agenda global initiative. The first of these SDG goals includes an ambitious target for all men and women to have equal rights to ownership and control over land and other forms of property by 2030.

Where land tenure and value is not formally recorded or known, land and property may be misappropriated; personal economic opportunities are restricted; land acquisition for infrastructure development is impeded by disputes and unfair compensation; would be investors face significant financial, legal and reputational risks; and governments cannot raise money through property taxation.

Land and its effective use is a keystone of economic and infrastructure development, which is why we’ve collaborated with 30 other professional bodies to create a draft International Land Measurement Standard (ILMS) that aims to bring security of tenure to millions. The standard is open for global consultation and we look forward to the participation from land professionals across the globe and the upcoming launch of the final standard.

ILMS launch date

The final ILMS standard will be presented at the World Bank Land conference 20 – 24 March 2018, and at RICS’ third annual World Built Environment Forum Summit (WBEF), held on 23-24 April 2018, followed by a full launch at the FIG Congress in Istanbul in May. 

ILMS Coalition members

The International Land Measurement Standard Coalition formed on 10 October 2016 at the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Coalition is a non-governmental, not-for-profit coalition of land professionals, from over 30 not-for-profit professional organisations (as listed): 

  • Association of Authorised Land Surveyors (AALS – Malaysia)
  • Asociación Española de Geómetras Expertos (AEGEX – Spain)
  • Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA – Asia Pacific)
  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA – USA)
  • Belgium Union of Surveyors (OBGE – Belgium)
  • Bund der Öffentlich bestellten Vermessungsingenieure e.V. (BDVI – Germany)
  • Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV – UK)
  • Colegio Oficial de Ingeniería Geomática y Topográfica (COIGT – Spain)
  • Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE – Commonwealth)
  • Consiglio Nazionale Geometri e Geometri Laureati (CNG – Italy)
  • Chamber of Surveying and Cadastre Engineers of Turkey (CSCE – Turkey)
  • Comité de Liaison des Géomètres Européens (CLGE – European)
  • China Land Surveying and Planning Institute (CLSPI – China)
  • Fédération Internationale des Administrateurs de Biens Conseils et Agents Immobiliers (FIABCI – International)
  • Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG – International)
  • Ghanaian Institution of Surveyors (GHIS – Ghana)
  • International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP – England)
  • Ingenieur Geometer Schweiz (IGS)
  • International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC – Global)
  • Malta Institution of Surveyors (MIS – Malta)
  • New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS – New Zealand)
  • National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS – USA)
  • Ordre Geometre Expert (OGE – France)
  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Vermessung und Geoinformation (OVG – Austria)
  • Russian Cadastral Engineers (RCE – Russia)
  • Real Estate Institute of Botswana (REIB – Botswana)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS – Global)
  • South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI – South Africa)
  • Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI – Ireland)
  • Union Arabe des Geometres (UAG – Lebanon)
  • Union Mediterraneenne des Geometre (UMG – Mediterranean)

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