A seamless Land to Sea Cadastre: A South African Perspective


Cadastral theory and modelling

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Kovilen Reddy, Department of Rural Developmentand Land Reform,South Africa,205507065@stu.ukzn.ac.za
Mulemwa Akombelwa, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa,akombelwa@ukzn.ac.za
Mwitwa Chilufya, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, chilufyam@ukzn.ac.za


Human interaction with the marine environment is increasing at a rate at which their management systems cannot keep pace. The land cadastre is deemed to be well established and understood thanks to hundreds of years of development. Meanwhile, as marine technological innovations advance and population density in coastal areas grows; human interaction with the oceans is evolving, making existing systems in place for their management seem outdated. There are parallel survey and adjudication components between land cadastre and the marine environment.

Internationally, marine cadastre initiatives are being researched and implemented to update marine management systems while there is recognition for convergence of land and sea based spatial data infrastructures. This paper explores the need for the development of a seamless cadastre across the land-sea interface for South Africa by assessing the perceptions of stakeholders that deal in land and/or marine environments. The study investigates access to land versus marine spatial data, legal and technical aspects, components and features of a possible marine cadastre.

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