What is a National Land Information System?

A National Land Information System (NLIS) is a geographic information system for cadastral and land-use mapping, typically used by local government. Similar to a GIS, an NLIS is designed specifically to contain spatially references land related data for a defined area and procedures and techniques for the systematic collection, update, processing and distribution of this data. A NLIS is a decision-making tool that creates, visualizes, analyzes, reports and publishes land-based data such as parcel information, zoning, land use, ownership and general property information. In addition to those land related data, the NLIS may contain other additional information such as data on soils, hydrology, rainfall or socio-economic information. The increasing pressures for land in developing and emerging countries in addition to tenure systems eroded or sometimes abandoned, the need for a formal system becomes real. Therefore, many countries have recognized the land information systems as a powerful and an undisputable tool. The implementation of land information system leads to a decreasing number of land related disputes, reduces the risks of fraud or bribes, secure land for both local administrations and beneficiaries and encourages investments. NLIS is a performing tool that contributes to reduce poverty. The NLIS that will be established in Uganda under the DeSINLISI Project will be configured to support first, subsequent and miscellaneous registration in the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD). The NLIS will replace the current manual system of land allocation, deed plan preparation and land registration.

The NLIS will: 
Provide a set of technical processes and procedures for the registration of rights and interests in real estate units in Uganda by supporting the MLHUD business workflows in its main fields of intervention (First Registration – Freehold/Leasehold, survey preparation, leasehold to Freehold Conversion, extension of Lease/Sublease, subsequent registration, request for copy of Deed Plan, certificate of customary ownership or certificate of occupancy…); 
Simplify and automate the procedures for land and real estate transactions; 
Be the sole electronic source of land and real estate for mailo, freehold, leasehold and customary rights and interests held under a unified registry for the whole country; 
Provide specific system administration tools to manage users, perform workflow management, security audits, system configuration and the configuration of charts of accounts and fee schedules; 
Support the generation of ground rent demands; 
Support parcel creation from JRJs using standard cadastral editing tools and the ability to generate deed plans according to predefined template Generate reports on staff productivity, registry content, and financial information on revenue for services provided by the DLOs;
Generate standardized query and notification letters as well as other reports; 
Provide a public access module that allows general enquiries by the public within the DLO customer service areas; 
Support decentralized business workflows in the DLOs; 
Support the functions of a national land administration body called the National Land Information Centre (NLIC).