Land information is a broad term which includes information on, land tenure, land development, land value and land use. The above play important roles in effective land markets and effective land use management. This is basically the global land management perspective.
A global land management perspective (Williamson et.al., 2010).
Land use is information is important and recently Kenya launched the first national land use policy (
Balancing the human needs and a sustainable use of land as a resource has been a challenge in the country. Do you ever wonder how manufacturing industries which contribute so much in the country’s GDP wound up in residential areas? Recently, I couldn’t help but notice a morgue in a residential estate!!!! Well, all are uses which man need, so how do we regulate them to protect everyone’s interest and the ecosystems. I am sure we all are mesmerized to see cattle in towns and cities. This is an imbalance
has been caused by the absence of a land use policy since independence.
Issues that affect the use of land have been addressed in several detailed frameworks before. For example, land tenure, how we own land and how secure the process is important. The absence guidelines of how we put land in use to get the most out of it has been the challenge.
What is the national land use policy?
It is a framework that sets out long-term goals on land use management. It incorporates all the activities that may impact the use of land and its resources.
Objectives of the National Land Use Policy
The overall goal of the national land use policy is to provide legal,
administrative, institutional and technological framework for optimal
utilization and productivity of land related resources in a sustainable and
desirable manner at national, county and community levels. The Policy is
premised on the philosophy of economic productivity, social
responsibility, environmental sustainability and cultural conservation. Key
principals informing it includes efficiency, access to land use information,
equity, elimination of discrimination and public benefit sharing.
Others may include;
Land use planning, resource allocation and resource management for
sustainable development to promote public good and general welfare;
ii. Environmental management and sustainable production in the utilization
of land resources;
iii. Coordination and integration of institutional linkages in planning at
sectoral and cross-sectoral levels to foster collaboration and decision
making among different land users;
iv. Equitable utilization of land resources to meet governance, social economic
and cultural obligations of the people of Kenya;
The NLUP has guidelines principles and strategies on land tenure, land taxation, land management, population growth and its distribution, land use and land cover, range lands degradation, climate change, biodiversity conversation among other issues. see (
Implementation of the NLUP
For a successful implementation there is need for institutional and legal frameworks. The major player is normally how willing the government is? Politics and land are very thorny issues which can be addressed by a willing government. Both national and county governments have a responsibility to ensure implementation of the framework. A review of existing legislation and frameworks is vital to the process. The framework has to be disseminated to all relevant users and awareness created. The later
can be improved through capacity building at county level and better communication among relevant stakeholders.