Abstract The paper provides an overview of the dynamic process of concluding land-titling efforts started almost 30 years ago in a colonization area of Bolivia. Through the course of the cadastral mapping effort it was discovered that technological solutions cannot stand alone as the answer to land administration challenges. Findings demonstrated failings that can occur in land information systems attributed largely to an over confidence in standardization and technology as well as a lack of information or attention to detail about local land tenure characteristics, illustrating the adage that land is unique. This paper focuses on the lessons learned through public participation in the parcel mapping of 100 colonies subjected to titling and certification. Mechanisms that strengthen the tenants' role in the cadastral mapping process proved mutually beneficial to both tenants and technicians by streamlining the process. Getting initial input into the process during the information-gathering stage rather than simply submitting the results for criticism after the fact avoided duplication of efforts thus improving the efficiency of the land administration project. Efficiency is increased while empowering those most interested in the work. The lessons learned here may be exported to other cadastral mapping projects.