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Land, survey twinning project with Sweden, Netherlands concludes

Project aims to enhance technical, administrative capacities of DLS

By Dana Al Emam - May 23,2017 - Last updated at May 23,2017

AMMAN — The twinning project between the Department of Lands and Survey (DLS), and similar agencies in Sweden and the Netherlands has helped the department address some of its major technical challenges, said DLS Director Moeen Sayegh, speaking on behalf of Finance Minister Omar Malhas on Tuesday.

At an event marking the conclusion of the twinning project, Sayegh said that the project helped reduce discrepancies between physical and graphic cadastral information (a comprehensive register of the real estate of a country), adding that the partnership has helped in resolving technical challenges accumulated over the years.

He said the project is a "unique example of true partnership" and that the DLS hopes for more partnerships of this kind in the future. 

The 1 million euro (some JD800,000) project, titled "Reducing Discrepancies between the Physical Reality and the Graphical Cadastral Information", aimed to enhance the technical and administrative capacities of the DLS in the field of cadastre and land administration, in order to provide complete, accurate, objective and up-to-date information, according to an EU statement.

The 18-month project assisted in developing a national strategy for reducing the discrepancies between the physical reality and the graphic cadastral information through unification of the Jordan Transverse Mercator geo-reference system.

In addition, the twinning project supported the pilot implementation of simplified cadastral procedures, in line with the best international practices in the field. The pilot provides improved service delivery to citizens and businesses, through which the number of steps to process transactions was reduced, the statement added.

Co-beneficiaries of the project include the Greater Amman Municipality, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre and the Association of Owners of Land Survey Offices.

The project was implemented in partnership with Swedesurvey, the state-owned overseas agency of Lantmäteriet (the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority), along with the Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency of the Netherlands.

The closing ceremony of the project was attended by the ambassadors of Sweden and the Netherlands to Jordan, as well as representatives of the Finance Ministry and other public agencies.


Through the capacity building component of the project, other DLS services can also be improved, according to project leader Lars Lindgren, who added  that the twinning project can be the foundation for further cooperation between partners in order to improve the quality of services provided to citizens.

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