The FIG Foundation received this year nine
applications. The Board of Directors decided to give three grants at its
meeting during the FIG Congress in Munich. Each of these grants is 2,000
EUR. The grants were admitted to following projects:
- Parama Anandan (India): Educating Voluntary
Organizations in Disciplines of Surveying in Various Districts of
- Catherine Kariuki (Kenya): The Impact of
HIV/AIDS on Land Values and the Women's Property Rights in the Context
- Ganesh Prasad Bhatta (Nepal): Institutional
and Legal Aspects in Land Disputes: the Context of Nepalese Cadastral
Deadline for applications for FIG grants in 2007 will
be 30 August 2007.
||FIG established a working group to highlight the
current and future need for research and action in the field of
disaster risk management in the year 2003. After three years of
research in the form of expert meetings as well as papers and
posters presented at the FIG conferences, FIG publication presents
application-oriented concepts, methods and instruments for an
effective disaster risk management. The publication is result of the
work of FIG Working Group 8.4 on Risk and Disaster Management.
Hard copies will be available by the FIG
Congress in Munich.
||Joint FIG Commissions 4 and 7 Working Group 4.3 has been active
in the areas of Coastal Zone Management, Marine Cadastre and Marine
Governance since 2002. Result of this work is now published in the
FIG Publication series as publication no. 36 "Administering
Marine Spaces: International Issues". The publication comprises
a number of papers that focus on issues related to the
administration of marine spaces from regional perspectives. Its
purpose is to stimulate further discussion and research in this most
important subject area. Whilst it is not possible to deal with all
issues, it does underscore the international importance of
administering marine spaces.
Hard copies will be available by the FIG Congress in Munich.
- Main speeches
- Shaping the Change 2002-2006 – The German Period of FIG. FIG
President’s Address by Prof. Holger Magel, FIG President at
the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII FIG Congress in Munich on 10
- Opening Speech by the Bavarian Minister President Dr. Edmund
the 23rd International FIG Congress on 10 October 2006 in Munich.
- For a More Just World – the Surveyors’ Role for Achieving
Sustainable Development. Keynote Address at the Opening Ceremony by
- Shaping the Change - Congress Summary. Closing Address by Prof.
Holger Magel, FIG President at the Closing Ceremony of the
XXIII FIG Congress in Munich on 13 October 2006.
FIG General Assembly in Munich, Germany 8 and 13 October 2006 -
Prof. Stig Enemark elected as the new FIG President, Mr. Matt Higgins,
Dr. Dalal S. Alnaggar and Prof. Paul van der Molen elected as new Vice
Presidents - FIG Working Week 2011 in Morocco - FIG has now more than
100 member associations -
are now available
||The FIG General Assembly was held in
conjunction to the FIG Congress 2006 in Munich, Germany.
Minutes of the meeting are available on the FIG web site.
The meeting was attended by 65 member associations.
Major decisions of
the General Assembly include:
- Prof. Stig Enemark from Denmark was elected as the new
President of FIG 2007-2010
- Mr. Matt Higgins (Australia) and Dr. Dalal S.
(Egypt) were elected as Vice Presidents for 2007-2010 and Prof.
Paul van der Molen as Vice President for 2007-2008.
Council will start its work 1.1.2007. The fourth Vice President is
Mr. Ken Allred from Canada who will continue in the new
Council. Dr. Chryssy Potsiou has been appointed as the ACCO
representative in the Council for 2007-2008.
- FIG Working Week 2011 was admitted to Marrakech, Morocco after
hard competition with Rome, Italy and Puerto Rico and Nigeria.
- 6th FIG Regional Conference will be held in San Jose, Costa
Rica, 11-15 November 2007
- Nine new member associations were approved from Tanzania,
Benin, Iran, Congo D.R., Mongolia, Georgia, Hong Kong SAR China,
China P.R. and Brazil. In addition five new affiliate members
(ANZLIC, Iceland, Mongolia, Macedonia FYROM and Romania were
admitted FIG membership. The General Assembly also endorsed
membership of 7 new corporate members and 13 academic members.
- Mr. Jürg Kaufmann (Switzerland) and Prof. Kazimierz
Czarnecki (posthumously) were appointed as Honorary Members of
- Four new FIG publications were launched.
- Reports from the President and the final reports from ACCO and
commissions for 2002-2006 were approved as well as the draft
commission work plans for 2007-2010 were introduced.
Minutes are available on the FIG web site.
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||Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Secure
Land Tenure: "New Legal Frameworks and Tools in Asia and the
Pacific" held at the United Nations Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) Headquarters in
Bangkok, Thailand are now published as a hard copy.
Proceedings are also available on the web.
The meeting aimed
to discuss new legal frameworks for the improvement of land tenure
security and access to land related benefits, discuss new ideas
regarding tools needed to support the implementation of these new
legal frameworks, identify pro poor land administration approaches
for both urban and rural areas, discuss evolutionary approaches for
recording and mapping of land tenure forms, discuss possibilities to
improve existing land administration systems, learn from countries
that face these situations in the region, and to encourage decision
makers to pay adequate attention to the implementation aspects of
Inquiries for hard copies, please contact Ms. Pauline van
||Within the scope of the European COST Action G9 "Modelling Real
Property Transactions" and jointly with FIG Commission 7 Cadastre
and Land Management, an international workshop on "Standardization in
the cadastral domain" was held in Bamberg, Germany on 9 and 10
December 2004. The workshop brought together an interesting mix of
representatives from different communities and disciplines involved in
the cadastral domain. These included legal specialists, surveyors and
ICT-specialists, and represented different organizations (land registry
and cadastral organizations, standardization institutes, industry and
For a hard copy of the Proceedings "Standardization in
the cadastral domain", please contact Pauline van Elsland,
firstname.lastname@example.org (ISBN 87-90907-36-1)
||The 3rd Session of the World Urban Forum attracted some 10,000
participants from over 100 countries to Vancouver, Canada 18-23 June
2006. FIG played an active role in the networking events on Global
Land Tool Network and in the Habitat Professionals Forum. Joint
activities with UN-Habitat in Stockholm in 2008 were confirmed.
|On the weekend of 16–18th June ten countries in Europe marked
the occasion of 34 triangulation points of surveying importance
being accepted by UNESCO for inscription on the World Heritage List.
In Norway the official gathering took place at the meridian monument
at Fuglenes in the city of Hammerfest in the county of Finnmark.
Professor Jan De Graeve from Belgium and Honorary Secretary
of the International Institution for the History of Surveying and
Measurement, Jim Smith from England, were guests of honour.
Head of Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority
Mr Knut Flåthen (left), Professor Jan De Graeve, Mr
Bjørn Geirr Harsson, the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and
Costal Affairs Helga Pedersen, Honorary Secretary Mr Jim
Smith, and the Mayor of Hammerfest Mr Alf E. Jakobsen.
Article and discussion paper from Andrew Morley,
Chair Elect of FIG Commission 10
5th FIG Regional Conference for Africa - Accra, Ghana, 8-11 March
International Conference on ‘Enhancing Land Registration
and Cadastre for Economic Growth in India’ was organized in conjunction
with Map India 2006 and co-organised by FIG Commission 7.