FIG Peer Review Journal


Engaging the Challenge of Rapid Urbanization and Slum Upgrading and Enhancing the Role of Land Surveyors (6929)

Paul Van Der Molen (Netherlands)
Prof Paul van der MOLEN
Twente University
UNU School for Land Administration Studies
Hengelosestraat 99
Corresponding author Prof Paul van der MOLEN (email: paul.vandermolen[at], tel.: +31534874444)

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Published on the web 2014-03-21
Received 2013-11-15 / Accepted 2014-02-06
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2014
ISBN 978-87-92853-21-9 ISSN 2308-3441


This paper aims at understanding the domain of rapid urbanization and slum upgrading. Therefore it collects facts in order to clarify the status quo. The paper highlights relevant aspects, such as development of new forms of spatial planning, modern slum upgrading methods, provision of security to flexible people-land relationships, linking informality and formality and enhancing land and property tax revenue to facilitate urban services. It appears that for all aspects, a role for the land surveying profession can be formulated. This role requires mastering the newest geospatial and non-spatial technologies, and the capability to design and maintain cost effective land information systems, which can deliver relevant services to urban residents and city managers.
Keywords: Cadastre; Land readjustment; Security of tenure; Access to land; Spatial planning; Urban renewal; Informal settlements; Valuation; Property taxes; Affordable housing; Low cost technology