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Land Portal

Groningen, Netherlands
Joined March 2016
Presence in: Netherlands
Focus: Environmental Justice

The leading online destination for information, resources, innovations and networking on land issues.
Improving land governance and securing land rights for landless and vulnerable people
The Portal allows for the collection, sourcing, and searching of otherwise fragmented and inaccessible data and information on land governance and land use from diverse sources, produced by governments, academia, international organizations, indigenous peoples and NGOs. Besides documenting land rights, the Portal also encourages social information exchange, debate and networking.

People Associated With This Organization

Henk Smith

South Africa  
Land Portal (Unverified)
Joined March 2012
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Indigenous Peoples' Rights
Henk Smith and Associates
Trial Attorney
Company NameHenk Smith and Associates
Dates EmployedFeb 2018 – Present
Employment Duration4 yrs
LocationCape Town
member Association for Law in Development
director BenchMarks Foundation
trustee Centre for Rural Legal Services

Henk Smith
Attorney At Law
Company NameHenk Smith
Dates Employed2018 – Present
Employment Duration4 yrs


Legal Resources Centre
Company NameLegal Resources Centre
Total Duration33 yrs
Dates EmployedJan 1985 – Dec 2017
Employment Duration33 yrs
LocationCape Town Area, South Africa
fellow 1985
attorney 1991 - 2017
director and exco member Land Housing and Development Unit - 1990s

Dates Employed1991 – 2017
Employment Duration26 yrs
“Generally, lawyers are unwilling to devote the resources and time and to
specialize in the manner required to deal with legal problems in the rural
areas. The difficulty of overturning existing practices, language difficulties, the
barrenness and inscrutability of the law and the remoteness of the areas,
maintain an urban concentration of legal resources, and inhibit lawyers from
“the venturing into the interior”. Besides, professionals are removed from the
problems and needs of rural poor and see the work is unglamorous” 1
Lawyers at the Legal Resources Centre decided from the days that the institution
opens its doors to concentrate on legal issues relating to land, land tenure and in
later years development in the rural areas.

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Mallinick Ress Richman and Closenberg
candidate attorney and associate
Company NameMallinick Ress Richman and Closenberg
Dates EmployedJan 1986 – Oct 1991
Employment Duration5 yrs 10 mos
LocationCape Town

Mining legislation: too much, too late
Mining legislation: too much, too late

Mining legislation: too much, too late
Mining legislation: too much, too late

Lisette Meij

Land Portal
Joined March 2016
Interests: Environmental Justice
Land Portal Administration Officer

Neil Sorensen

Land Portal
Joined December 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Governance, Accountability & Transparency
Neil Sorensen is currently the Communications and Resource Mobilization Specialist for the Land Portal Foundation. He has extensive experience leading communications for international organizations and developing relationships with civil society, donors, intergovernmental agencies, the media and the private sector. Previously, Neil worked for the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) as a Governing Bodies Officer and Strategic Adviser to the Secretary of IFAD. He has also led communications for three international organizations, including the International Land Coalition, the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). He has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in German and Sociology from St. Cloud State University, and is currently working to obtain a Master’s degree in Global Diplomacy at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Rick de Satge

South Africa  
Land Portal
Joined August 2022
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
I am a researcher working part time for the Land Portal researching African country profiles. I curate a land related website https://knowledgebase.land and a linked Twitter stream @knowledgebasel

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