Mehmet Kömürcü says fertile fields have long been the source of his and other farmers’ livelihoods in the Kazan region of Turkey.
Until recently though, he says, the land could also be a source of disputes.
“In the past, we didn’t know the exact borders of our fields, and people were constantly violating each other’s land. But now the borders are well-defined,” says Kömürcü.
Accurately measuring properties and facilitating real estate transactions in Turkey are part of the country’s Land Registry and Cadastre Modernization Project, backed by the World Bank.
The government-run project has been surveying, documenting, and correcting measurements for millions of acres of land around Turkey since the project began in 2008.