International Land Measurement Standards (ILMS)


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 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 Coalition has not identified any existing land and real property transaction reporting standard that was clearly suitable for international adoption. For this reason, the Coalition has come together to create a shared standard. Following earlier discussions, at a meeting at the FAO Headquarters in Rome held in June 2016, Coalition members confirmed they were committed to promoting the implementation of ILMS to encourage world markets to accept and adopt ILMS as the primary standard for reporting land and real property transaction information from across different nations in a transparent and consistent way.

The Coalition accepts that standard setting is a continuous and dynamic process. It will be listening closely to a wide range of stakeholders and professionals. In particular, the geomatics and land specialists who will ensure necessary updates are captured for continued improvement in addition to preparing further editions of ILMS to enable more transparent land administration, transfer, investment and governance.

The Coalition members as part of their adoption and implementation strategy may choose to issue guidance notes to provide their members with further technical guidance on the adoption and implementation of ILMS within their local market(s).

The Coalition is beginning the important work of implementation by liaising with governments on a national, regional or state and local level to seek adoption of the ILMS. Many key stakeholders are being engaged in the process of implementation. A list of ILMS-supporting partners is given on the ILMS Coalition website ( - these are organisations committed to the adoption of ILMS.

The Coalition members are as follows:

Association of Authorised Land Surveyors (AALS - Malaysia)

Asociación Española de Geómetras Expertos (AEGEX - Spain)

Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA - Asia Pacific)

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA - USA)

Belgium Union of Surveyors (OBGE - Belgium)

Bund der Öffentlich bestellten Vermessungsingenieure e.V. (BDVI - Germany)

Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV - UK)

Colegio Oficial de Ingeniería Geomática y Topográfica (COIGT - Spain)

Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE - Commonwealth)

Consiglio Nazionale Geometri e Geometri Laureati (CNG - Italy)

Chamber of Surveying and Cadastre Engineers of Turkey (CSCE - Turkey)

Comité de Liaison des Géomètres Européens (CLGE - European)

China Land Surveying and Planning Institute (CLSPI - China)

Fédération Internationale des Administrateurs de Biens Conseils et Agents Immobiliers (FIABCI - International)

Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG - International)

Ghanaian Institution of Surveyors (GHIS - Ghana)

Ingenieur Geometer Schweiz (IGS)

International Federation of Housing and Planning (IFHP - England)

International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC - Global)

Malta Institution of Surveyors (MIS - Malta)

New Zealand Institute of Surveyors (NZIS - New Zealand)

National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS - USA)

Ordre Geometre Expert (OGE - France)

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Vermessung und Geoinformation (OVG - Austria)

Russian Cadastral Engineers (RCE - Russia)

Real Estate Institute of Botswana (REIB - Botswana)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS - Global)

South African Geomatics Institute (SAGI - South Africa)

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI - Ireland)

Union Arabe des Geometres (UAG - Lebanon)

Union Mediterraneenne des Geometre (UMG - Mediterranean).

The Coalition is proud to present the ILMS consultation document.

On behalf of the ILMS Coalition Trustees:

James Kavanagh - (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) - Chair

Maurice Barbieri - (CLGE) - Vice Chair

Pedro J. Ortiz-Toro - (AEGEX) - General Secretary.