Zambia—EU Support to the National Land Audit

Client: European Union

Duration: 2023-2026

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Zambia

Solutions: Environment

Against a backdrop of escalating demand for land, a dual tenure system, underdevelopment in the land sector, and low tenure security, Zambia’s Ministry of Land and Natural Resources (MLNR) faces a pressing need to establish baseline land values and conduct a comprehensive National Land Audit that will deliver accurate, timely, and complete land data, enabling better decision making and more effective land management practices.

The Support to the National Land Audit project supports the design and implementation of the National Land Audit, working with the MLNR and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to develop and test audit methodologies that will then be implemented in select districts. DAI’s support will be critical as the Government of Zambia considers a nationwide roll-out of the National Land Audit.

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Sample Activities

  • Develop a cadastral map of large-scale land-based investments.
  • Improve the functioning of the current National Spatial Data Infrastructure and update it with harmonized information (cadastral data) and new information layers (current land use, including recent high-resolution satellite imagery).
  • Build the capacity of district authorities through on-the-job training to implement district-managed audit tasks.
  • Test and validate methodologies for various audit tasks and implement land audits in up to 20 districts.
  • Produce a national action plan for further unpacking and rolling out the National Land Audit in all 116 districts, including a national training and capacity-building initiative.
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