The Land Matrix

"The Land Matrix is a global and independent land monitoring initiative. Our goal is to facilitate an open development community of citizens, researchers, policy-makers and technology specialists to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment.

The data should not be taken as a reliable representation of reality. Reality is fast-changing as deals are changed, annulled or new ones spring up. Many deals are not yet included in the database. As an open tool, the Observatory allows wide participation in constantly upgrading, correcting and improving the information it contains. Over time, with your help, it will become more accurate. In addition to the Global Observatory, the Land Matrix Initiative supports, and is linked to, other more specific Observatories on land deals that are country, regional and thematic-based. The Land Matrix aims to contribute in an innovative and relevant way to the growing movement towards open development - allowing for greater public involvement in critical decisions that affect the lives of land-users around the world. […]

By using the crowdsourcing function of this website, any user is able to submit details on a deal. As information is checked to the extent possible by the partnership before it is included in the database, changes may not be reflected immediately. Users may also add their comment to existing deals. Comments made on existing deals remain on the website, unless the deal is removed from the database. Beyond providing information on single deals, users can share a dataset of land deals for inclusion in the database. It will be cross-checked by the partnership before it is included."

More about the initiative here

Read press release and 1st newsletter of the New Land Matrix Initiative here

******************* Important information on how to use the portal:

- Who are the partners of the land matrix? - What is a land deal?

- Who are investors, investor countries and target countries?

- How are stages of negotiation and implementation dealt with?

- Where does the information come from?

- Are there biases in the data?

- Which countries or regions are covered?

- How can I use the data in the Global Observatory?

- How to get in touch with the data and to help partners to improve the initative

Find the answers to these points here