FIG Peer Review Journal


Cadasters and Climate Change (3377)

Paul Van Der Molen (Netherlands)
Prof. Paul van der Molen
Director Kadaster International
Netherlands Land Registry and Cadastre Agency
PO Box 9046
NL-7300 GH
Corresponding author Prof. Paul van der Molen (email: paul.vandermolen[at], tel.: + 31 55 528 5624)

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Published on the web 2009-02-16
Received 2008-12-01 / Accepted 2009-02-16
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2009 in Eilat, Israel and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2009
ISBN 978-87-90907-73-0 ISSN 2307-4086


This paper aims at exploring the role of land registers and cadastre in adapting to and mitigating climate change. To that end, the paper provides briefly an introduction to climate change in general. Then, the paper continues with analysing the role of land use, land use change and forestry with respect to carbon storage and emission reduction. It appears that -in certain cases (the paper refers for instance to a FAO/IIED report on large scale biofuel production)- land tenure and land management are of eminent importance. The paper also refers to the evolving voluntary retail market of carbon credits, which even might form a title in their own end and be registered separate from an ownership title. To promote carbon sequestration and emission reduction, land policy and associated land instruments like market regulation, land use planning, land taxation and land reform should include climate proof goals. To facilitate good land policy and its implementation, the papers encourages land registers and cadastres to extent their traditional purposes of markets and taxation to adaption to and mitigating climate change.
Keywords: Cadastre; Land management; climate change; carbon credits; land administration