International Land Measurement Standards (ILMS)

Ends: 28 Feb 2018

The International Land Measurement Standard Coalition (the Coalition) formed on 10th October 2016 at the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Coalition is a non-governmental, not-for-profit coalition of land professionals, from over 30 not-for-profit professional and technical organisations (as listed). The Coalition aims to bring about consistency in land and real property transaction reporting standards worldwide. This is to be achieved through the creation and adoption of ILMS. In practice the ILMS may be adopted systematically, i.e. by governments putting in place functioning LIS or sporadically on a transaction driven basis. ILMS sets out a structure for describing and reporting relevant land information for land transaction purposes.

The draft standard for land transfer focuses on removing risk from the process which will help to strengthen tenure security, land rights, investment and governments’ revenue-raising capabilities.

Around the world, levels of security around land tenure vary enormously. Some nations don’t have embedded systems and up to 70% of land in some countries remains unregistered. Land and its effective use is a keystone of economic and infrastructure development.

The coalition invite your comments on this important standard and seek stakeholder engagement from the industry by Wednesday 28th February 2018.

To comment on the document, you can access directly (this is an open consultation), you can log in with previous details or you can register for this consultation.

You can also answer the ILMS International Land Measurement Standards (ILMS) Consultation Questionnaire 

Various ILMS background media and journal background articles can be sourced

If you have any queries regarding commenting on this consultation, please contact Katherine Andrews ( or Ellie Scott (

Why is ILMS important?

Where land tenure is not formally recorded, land and property may be misappropriated; personal economic opportunities are restricted; would be investors face significant financial, legal and reputational risks; and governments cannot raise money through property taxation.

The issue of land governance is now prominent in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted in 2015. The first of these goals includes an ambitious target for all men and women to have equal rights to ownership and control over land and other forms of property by 2030.

ILMS supports global consistency by setting a standard for classifying, defining, measuring, analysing, presenting and reporting land information which can be applied at a project, regional, state, national or international level. ILMS is therefore both a standard and a framework for reporting.


ILMS will help reduce risk in the land transfer process by creating consistency of application and facilitating and supporting land governance, robust conveyancing, secure lending and land registration.


ILMS is:

  • a framework for reporting on land assets and transactions of such by people and legal entities
  • a basis for collecting asset and transactional information to identify what is on the ground, what information is available and its quality
  • a set of principles for transparency, integrity and consistency in land asset reporting, supporting mechanisms such as the International Financial Reporting System
  • flexible and non-prescriptive, so they can be adopted incrementally in line with fit-for-purpose (FFP) principles, thereby advancing best practice for reporting on land assets
  • a due diligence process, which informs the overall investment analysis; this will draw on many sources of information and corroborate them so any risks can be assessed or costed

ILMS is not:

  • the template for a new cadastral or land administration system
  • a replacement for any existing guidelines or standards, such as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure, the Land Administration Domain Model or Social Tenure Domain Model
  • to instruct governments on the development of new and or revised legislation
  • designed to track national progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • concerned with the collection of data to create or update national or international databases.

ILMS will be featured at several major conferences and events in 2018 such as the World Bank Land conference March 2018 and FIG Istanbul May 2018 conference.

Respond to this consultation.


Consultation Documents

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name International Land Measurement Standards (ILMS)
Description ILMS is a global land professional coalition formed by national and international experts with the purpose to develop, produce and adopt a high level principles based standard for land transfer and reporting. The coalition invites comments on the consultation. The consultation closes on Wednesday 28th February 2018.
Dates From 7 Dec 2017 at 11:00 to 28 Feb 2018 at 23:59. The results will be published by 31 Mar 2018.
Status Open