“I received two land plots from our local council – one for gardening, another for construction. I spent really little time registering these. I was able to finish all paperwork in just two visits [to the local land registration center],” she says.
Ukraine has vast land resources. Millions of Ukrainians own land plots, as part of the government-supported nationwide privatization program that started in late 1990s. While significant governance challenges remain in the sector, as Zhanna Kolesnik’s experience shows, citizens now have better protection of their land ownership through registration in the national cadastre. Ukrainian officials also want to promote more public confidence to invest in land, and the new registration system allows land owners to engage in land transactions with full legal protection.