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Leon Verstappen: Land Portal receives a subsidy amounting to 1.3 million British pounds

07 March 2018

The British government has awarded The Land Portal Foundation a £ 1.3 million subsidy for its Legend program me of the Department for International Development. This ensures the continuity of the Foundation's work for at least three more years.

Prof. Leon Verstappen
Prof. Leon Verstappen

The chairman and founder of the Foundation, Professor Leon Verstappen, professor of Private Law, in particular Notarial Law at the University of Groningen, is very pleased with this award: "It is encouraging that the team's hard work maintaining the website, and that of the board members, who live and work on four different continents, are showing good results. We thank the British Government for the trust placed in us." The British government had already granted a similar substantial subsidy before.

The Land Portal is the worldwide leading online information platform where data (sets) and information about land governance are collected and made available, and that serves as a discussion platform for the Land Portal community. The website has been filled by numerous international organizations and local partners in developing countries. The data and information are available in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and can be browsed by country (from all countries of the world) and by theme.

The purpose of the Land Portal is to improve land governance, and to promote better land use for those who have the most uncertain land rights and who are therefore in a vulnerable position, especially in southern countries of the world.

For further information, please contact Leon Verstappen ( or Lisette Mey (

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This article was published by the Faculty of Law.

Last modified:06 July 2018 08.47 a.m.

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