Expert Group Meeting on Secure Land Tenure: "New legal frameworks and
tools" - UN-Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya, 10 - 12 November 2004
|Expert Group Meeting on Secure Land Tenure: "New legal
frameworks and tools" was held at the UN Headquarters in Gigiri,
Nairobi, November 10-12, 2004. The meeting was organised by FIG
Commission 7, UN-HABITAT, the Institution of Surveyors of Kenya (ISK)
and the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE).
It was supported by: Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Austria;
Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, The Netherlands; Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands; and Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, Germany.
For a hard copy of the proceedings, please
contact Pauline van Elsland, email:
||As a result of the 2nd FIG Regional Conference “Urban-Rural
Interrelationship for Sustainable Environment”, which was held in
Marrakech, Morocco, 2–5 December 2003, FIG together with the partners
has published the Marrakech Declaration (Urban-Rural Interrelationship
for Sustainable Development). The Marrakech Declaration was launched at
the 2nd World Urban Forum in Barcelona, September 13-17, 2004 and
at the Symposium on Urban-Rural Interrelationship organised by
UN-Habitat in Nairobi during the World Habitat Day celebrations, October
1-4, 2004. The
Marrakech Declaration is now available in .pdf-form.
The 3rd FIG Regional Conference is organised by FIG, Ikatan Surveyor
Indonesia and Bakosurtanal in Jakarta 3-7 October 2004 was one more
successful event in the series of regional conferences introduced in 2001.
More than 350 delegates from 33 countries attended including more than 120
international participants. The attendance was good in consideration to
travel warnings of some countries prior the conference.
Papers are now available at
www.fig.net/pub/jakarta . Proceedings have been updated after the
conference and include handouts of the powerpoint presentations. You can
also visit the conference web site at:
Annual Meeting 2004 and international symposium on Modern Land
Consolidation (Amenagement Foncier Moderne)
were held in Clermont-Ferrand, France, 8-14 September 2004. Proceedings
and pictures from the events are available on Commission 7 web site at
FIG Standards Network attend ISO TC 211 / CEN and TC 172 meetings
in Italy and USA
The FIG Standards Network continues to be active, with its work
ranging across all Commissions. Recent activity has included attending
the meetings of
ISO Technical Committee (TC) 172 / C6, where work on the testing
of GPS is a particular concern for FIG, and attending the meetings of
ISO TC211 on Geographic Information. This Technical Committee is
outputting a range of standards very relevant to surveyors and a
one-day workshop on the subject is being planned for the working week
From FIG Corporate Members: 3rd DiMENSIon in Paris, France, on
28–29 October 2004
The “3rd DiMENSIon" conference is a major industry event for 3D
scanning. It brings together Trimble® 3D scanning and modelling system
users, as well as a large number of non-users in various industries
who are keen to learn about new developments with this advanced
technology. The annual conference, which is now in its sixth year,
will take place in the “Chalet de la Porte Jaune” in Paris, France, on
28–29 October 2004. If you are interested please contact Emmanuelle
FIG Council meets in Jakarta - new members from Asia and the
The FIG Council and ACCO had their meetings in Jakarta during the
3rd FIG Regional Conference. The ACCO representatives elected Matt
Higgins from Australia as their new representative in the Council
starting 1.1.2005. The Council accepted new member associations from
Brunei Darussalam and United Arab Emirates (to be decided by the
General Assembly in 2005), one new affiliate member from Peru, five
new academic members (Oceania, West Indies, Moldova, Nigeria and
Indonesia) and three new corporate members from USA, Georgia and
Morocco. Report from the Council
The Ordré des Topographes du Liban organised the
2nd International Scientific Congress on surveying and topography at
he Metropolitan Hotel in Beirut 21-23 September 2004. FIG was
co-sponsoring this important event in the Arab world together with the
Arab Union of Surveyors (AUS). The conference attracted totally about
400 participants. The international participants represented 14 Arab
countries and 7 European countries. FIG was represented by President
Holger Magel, who gave a keynote presentation at the opening ceremony
Meets the Arab World of Surveyors" and by Klaus Rürup, Chair of
FIG Commission 1.
FIG attended the 2nd World Urban Forum organised by UN-Habitat in
Barcelona, Spain, September 13-17, 2004. The conference attracted
almost 5,000 registered participants. FIG was represented at two
networking events: The Challenges of City Financing: Habitat’s
Professionals Forum -
this networking event now available.and
Land and Urban Poverty. At the Habitat Professionals Forum
Steering Committee meeting Prof. Holger Magel was appointed as the new
chair of the Steering Committee.
The University of Nottingham was host to an International
Federation of Surveyors’ (FIG) Conference from the 28 June to 1 July.
The symposium was held as part of Working Group 6.4 “Engineering
Surveys for Construction Works and Structural Engineering” and
Task Force 6.1.1 “Measurements and Analysis of Cyclic Deformations
and Structural Vibrations”. The Conference was the “First
International Symposium on Engineering Surveys for Construction Works
and Structural Engineering”. The conference was attended by 70
people from a vast array of countries around the World.
Report from the conference
is available on this web site.
Proceedings of the conference are also now available.
of Commission 7 Symposium on Land Administration in Post Conflict
Areas held at the European UN-Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, 29-30
April 2004 are now available. Please contact: email:
Proceedings of Commission 7 Symposium Symposium on Land
Administration in Post Conflict Areas
Bettina Petzold resigns as Vice President of FIG
Bettina Petzold, Vice President
of FIG has resigned from the FIG Council in June 2004 for personal
reasons. The German member association DVW has decided that it will
not appoint a new member to the Council in replacement of Ms. Petzold
for 2004-2006. FIG got two new Vice Presidents at the General Assembly
in Athens (Ken Allred
from Canada and Stig Enemark
FIG Experiences the Olympic Spirit in Athens - FIG Working Week
2004 in Athens, Greece, May 22-27, 2004
|FIG Working Week 2004 was held in Athens, Greece May 22-27,
2004. The theme of the working week was “The Olympic Spirit in
Surveying”. The conference attracted more than 400 delegates
from 67 countries. Together with the 1st National Conference of
HARSE which attracted more than 250 delegates the Working Week was
among the biggest FIG Working Weeks in the history.
Report from the conference together with a
is now available.
More information about the conference is available at:
www.fig2004.gr and at
www.fig.net/athens. Proceedings are available at
The technical conference was held during three days, each day
starting with a plenary session with invited papers and followed by 29
technical sessions and for symposia with several sessions so that the
conference had 3-4 parallel sessions during the technical conference.
The topics of the sessions were selected in the way that they covered
interests of all ten FIG commissions promoting multi-professional
approach. They also vary from policy issues to technical papers on the
latest technology and to interesting case studies all over the world.
More than 200 papers were presented in the technical sessions and
The Working Week, the technical exhibition, technical
tours and great social events were a big success thanks to the Local
Organising Committee chaired by Mr. George Papavassiliou who
was assisted by two Vice Chairs: Gerasimos Apostolatos and
Polychronis Akriditis and Secretary General
Exhibition - Ancient Greek
Technology - Measuring Instruments.
During the FIG Working Week there was an exhibition organised in
collaboration with the Association for Ancient Greek Technology Studies. The
exhibition displayed some indicative technical achievements of the Ancient
Greece, together with models of several measuring devices used in topography
minutes of the General Assembly in Athens are now available on
this web site. Hard copies of the minutes have been mailed to all
members. The main decisions of the General Assembly include:
- Ken Allred from Canada and Stig Enemark from
Denmark were elected to new Vice Presidents of FIG for term of
- Following persons were elected to Commission Chairs Elect and
- Commission 1: Yaacoub Saade, Lebanon
- Commission 2: Bela Markus, Hungary
- Commission 3. Chryssy Potsiou, Greece
- Commission 5: Rudolf Staiger, Germany
- Commission 6: Alojz Kopacik, Slovak Republic
- Commission 7: András Osskó, Hungary
- Commission 8: Spike Boydell, United Kingdom
- Commission 9: Kauko Viitanen, Finland
- Commission 10: Andrew Morley, United Kingdom
- Diane Dumashie was appointed to Commission 8 chair for
the remaining period 2004-2006 while Commission 4 chair elect will
be appointed in 2005.
- Prof. Jean-Marie Becker was appointed as an Honorary
Member of FIG
- New member associations were adopted from Algeria, Cuba, Togo
and Tunisia. In addition three new affiliate members were recorded
from Belgium, Hungary and Saudi Arabia. Two new Corporate members
have joined during the past years as well as 9 new academic members.
- The General Assembly further endorsed the new definition of a
surveyor and the FIG information policy document.
Among the policy papers adopted by the General Assembly in Athens
May 23, 2004 were the revised version of the
FIG Definition of the Functions of the Surveyor, which has been
under preparation since last year. The second important document for
the Federation is the
FIG Information Policy Concept that as well was endorsed by the
General Assembly. This work to improve the FIG information delivery to
its members will continue and the first action plan for the next
months is already included in the final policy document.
||A Jubilee Seminar was organised 3 May 2004 to celebrate 30th
Anniversary of the Chair of Land Readjustment and Land Development
at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). It was at the same
time arranged to celebrate the 60th birthday of Prof. Holger
Magel and his 10th Anniversary as the President of the
Bayerischen Akademie Ländlicher Raum e.V. Read more at on this
Symposium on Land Administration in Post Conflict Areas was
organised by FIG Commission 7 and co-organised by Kosovo Cadastral
Agency KCA and UN-Habitat held at the UN-European Headquarter, Palais
des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. 29 - 30 April 2004.
Proceedings of the Symposium on Land Administration in Post Conflict
Areas now available.
Report of the 2nd FIG Regional
Conference - Urban-Rural Interrelationship for Sustainable
Environment, Marrakech, Morocco, December 2-5, 2003
Congress Director Ahmed Boukri, Prof. Holger Magel, FIG
Aziz Hilali, ONIGT President.
President Holger Magel.
|The 2nd FIG Regional Conference - Urban-Rural Interrelationship for
Sustainable Environment was held in Marrakech, Morocco, December 2-5,
2003. The conference was organised by FIG and the Ordre National des
Ingénieurs Géomètres-Topographes ONIGT and it was co-sponsored by FAO,
UN-HABITAT, UNEP, UN ECA and the Arab Urban Development Institute and
the Arab Federation of Surveyors AUDI. The conference was attended by
420 participants from more than 40 countries.
In addition to the
opening ceremony and three plenary sessions the technical programme
included 24 technical sessions in which almost 90 papers were presented.
The conference proceedings are available at
www.fig.net/figtree/pub/morocco. They include totally almost 130
papers from 37 countries and the representatives of the United Nations.
All technical sessions were very well attended maximum attendance to
parallel sessions exceeded 120. Each day was concluded with a round
table discussion on the topics of the day.
The Conference further included:
- FIG Roundtable on Surveying and GIS Education in Africa
- FIG Commissions 3 Annual Meeting
- FIG Commission 5 Open Meetings
- Interoperability workshop: An Intergraph contribution. Workshop
organised by Intergraph and chaired by Peter Bartak, Program
Manager, Spatial Data Infrastructures.
- Meetings of the Arab Union of Surveyors (AUS)
The conference web site
includes practical information about the conference.
Proceedings of the conference are now available including all
The FIG Council agreed in Marrakech in December 2003 to bring the FIG
Information Policy to the General Assembly in Athens for its endorsement.
Before the final version will be circulated to the members, a
draft document for discussion
is published on this web site for comments. You are invited to send your
comments by 29 February 2004 to the FIG office, email: