Laminated Photographic Property Record
A simple system that uses modern technology to create land occupation records.
The Oxford Dictionary defines “laminate” as “Manufacture by placing layer on layer”. That is how the LPPR works.
Successive layers of information are built up in a computerized data base to create a composite record.
It is quick. The entire process (including aerial photography) can be completed in weeks or even a day if necessary.
It is understandable. Aerial photographs from high altitude are not easily interpreted but once people can see the cars and the cattle, everybody understands them.
It is cheap. The combination of digital imagery, GPS position fixing and computer techniques means that costs are typically in the few tens of dollars.
It is secure. Linked by a surveyor to the parent property, there are inherent precautions against duplication or overlapping titles and the area can always be re-established on the ground.
It is durable. Usually presented in a plastic laminated sleeve it cannot be forged and will take severe punishment for decades.
It is simple. The whole document occupies just two sheets of paper and is presented in the recipients own language in basic terms.
It is user driven. The contracting parties conduct their own negotiations and make their own decisions without bureaucratic intervention. Registries are maintained at a local level.
It is flexible. The type of title can be a Right of Occupation but could also be Free or Lease hold title. A record can also be merely for administrative purposes and only refer indirectly to some form of title or other right.
It is wealth creating. Banks have indicated that the LPPR would be an instrument providing identification, location and substance to any applicant for short or medium term loan finance. At the present time in most of rural Africa there is nothing.