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BVVG Bodenverwertungs- und -verwaltungs GmbH is the state-owned agency responsible for the administration and privatisation of state-owned farm and forest land in Eastern Germany. It was founded in 1992 and has since played an active role in the transformation process of the former GDR, aiding its transition from a centrally planned economy to a market economy.
BVVG holds the mandate to privatise approximately 1.8 million parcels of land with a total area of 3.2 million ha, and has therefore generated a remarkable amount of know-how and expertise in the field of IT-supported land administration, lease management, land sales through auctions and tender, contract management, forest management, redevelopment of contaminated sites as well as methods for land valuation. BVVG was also involved in the process of restitution and allocation of land ownership rights to the different administrative levels of the German State and has therefore contributed to the formation of a well-balanced ownership structure in Eastern Germany.
Since the year 2000, BVVG also provides consultancy services to Eastern European, Central Asian and African countries on the privatisation of farm and forest land, land market development, institution building and land administration. In this context, BVVG has contributed to various projects of international cooperation.
BVVG’s International Consulting Department provides policy and legal advisory services as well as technical assistance in areas that lie within its core competencies.
Aside from being involved in projects of international cooperation, BVVG has organised various seminars and workshops on land privatisation and land market development in partner countries, including Estonia (Tallinn), Romania (Bucharest, Cluj Napoca), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo and Banja Luka), Slovakia (Bratislava), Georgia (Tbilisi), Macedonia (Skopje), Serbia (Belgrade), Bulgaria (Sofia) and South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Stellenbosch).
Moreover, BVVG has organised study tours for high-ranking delegations from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Kosovo, Vietnam, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Iraq, Iran, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Romania and Belarus.
BVVG also offers short-term experts for international projects.
In all countries over the world questions regarding fair access to land, secure land tenure, the productive use of land to foster economic development, and the protection of environmentally valuable sites have to be solved at government level with the involvement of concerned stakeholders.
BVVG has 20 years of unique experience in comprehensive land management that considers the multi-dimensional use of land as a valuable and limited resource. The company provides extensive know-how with regard to land policy formulation and land legislation as well as in setting up land management agencies and in designing and implementing land management projects in rural areas.
This includes the development of high-quality land management methods and tools, such as data bases and GIS based IT-support, the optimisation of business operations and the provision of specially tailored trainings for local staff.
Land Bank South Africa under the National Treasury of South Africa
German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Assisting the Land Bank in developing technical recommendations for specific aspects for agricultural land management and land reform
Improvement of interinstitutional technical exchange between Land Bank and other relevant land management stakeholders
Fields of cooperation:
- Basic principles and procedures in land management assignments
- Lease and sales contracts design
- Valuation of agricultural land
- Land-use contracts as bankable security
- Models, procedures and institutional set-up for land allocation in the context of land reform
Addressing Good Governance in the Process of Privatisation and Restitution of State Assets during the German Reunification Process
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The objective of the study was to summarise the German experience in addressing good governance in the process of privatising state assets in rural areas as well as to formulate best practices and lessons learned. The study was used as background information for the FAO Brochure “Good Governance in Land Tenure and Administration”; FAO Land Tenure Studies No. 9, Rome 2007.
- Drafting the study on good governance in the process of privatisation and restitution of state owned agricultural and forestry land
- Presenting the study at an expert meeting on “Good Governance in Land Tenure and Administration” at FAO in Rome
- Reviewing the draft FAO brochure on “Good Governance in Land Tenure and Administration”