||FIG President Prof. Stig
Enemark, Vice President Dr. Dalal S. Alnaggar and
the FIG Director visited Morocco 16-20 December 2008 in
conjunction to the launch of the FIG Working Week 2011.
During the visit they attended the seminar organised by
ONIGT and had meetings with the Council of ONIGT, the
organising committee of FIG 2011, representatives of the
Moroccan government, parliament and as well as tourism
authorities. The delegation also had the opportunity to meet
with the Moroccan surveyors both in Rabat and in Marrakech.
The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite
Systems (ICG), met in Pasadena, California, USA, from 8 to 12
December 2008. Vice President Matt Higgins attended
representing the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).
FIG President Stig Enemark attended the Expert Group
Meeting on Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of
Tenure of Land and other Natural Resources at FAO
Headquarters, Rome, Italy, 24–25 November 2008. FAO, and
partners such as the World Bank, UN-HABITAT, IFAD
(International Federation of Agricultural Development), and
FIG have been working since 2005 on governance of land
administration to raise awareness and produce guidelines.
Nomination for Chair Elect of Commission 8 and Commission 10
The General Assembly elected Chairs Elect to 8 FIG Commissions in
Stockholm in June 2008. Election or appointment of Chair Elect to
Commission 8 (Spatial Planning and Development) and Commission 10
(Construction Economics and Management) was postponed to the General
Assembly in May 2009. Member associations have been invited to make
nominations for Chair Elect to these two commissions. Closing date
for nomination has passed. The term of office for the Chair Elect
will be from the appointment to the end of 2010. Under normal
circumstances the Chair Elect will be appointed to the Chair of
his/her Commission at the General Assembly in Sydney in April 2010
and the term of office will be 1.1.2011-31.12.2014.
FIG Foundation Grants for 2009
The FIG Foundation has announced the grants for
grants and fellowships for 2009. Deadline for applications has
expired 30 November 2008. This time grants will be available
traditionally for projects and as a new initiative some fellowships
will be offered for participation to FIG conference (FIG Working
Week in Israel and the FIG Regional Conference in Vietnam). These
fellowships can be applied by authors from developing countries for
paper presentations that pass through the peer review process. For
further information see the guidance notes.
FIG Working Week 2013 - Invitation to host the FIG Working
FIG member associations that are willing to host the FIG
Working Week 2013 are invited to contact FIG Director Markku
Villikka (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline for bidding document was 30 November 2008.
Requirements and Bidding Guidelines for FIG Working Week 2013 as
a .pdf-file. Decision on the venue will be made in May 2009 in
||Seminar on State and Public Land Management was
organised in Verona, Italy, September 9-10, 2008, just
before the FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting. The seminar was
organised by FIG Commission 7 and the Consiglio Nazionale
Geometri (CNG), in co-operation with FIG Commission 9 and
FAO Land Tenure and Management Unit.
|The major goal of the seminar was to share
experience and discuss policy options and practices in
relation to state and public sector land management,
including between land managers, policy advisers and
decision makers and their professional advisers, and the
civil society organisations working in these areas. The
seminar aimed to help raise global awareness of problems
associated with state/public land and its management,
improve knowledge of good practices in this area, and
encourage these to be increasingly addressed in new
development initiatives. Web site:
programme. Commission 7 Annual Meeting was organised in
Verona 11-15 September 2008,
programme of the annual meeting.
This Task Force, set up at the 2007 FIG General Assembly, has
been progressing its work. The Task Force is now pleased to provide
summary of the responses to its on-line questionnaire (which has
now been closed) and its outline plan for further work. All comments
on this document are welcome. Comments should be directed to the
Task Force Chair, Iain Greenway, email:
The FIG General Assembly was held in Stockholm 15 and 19 June
2008. The General Assembly elected two new Vice Presidents for the
term of office 1.1.2009-31.12.2012. The new Vice Presidents are Mr.
Iain Greenway from United Kingdom and Mr. Teo CheeHai
||The General Assembly elected following chairs elect to
Commissions: Ms. Leonie Newnham (Commission 1), Dr.
Yerach Doytsher (Commission 3), Mr. Daniel Roberge
(Commission 7) and Dr. Frances Plimmer (Commission
9). Prof. Steven Frank
was appointed as Chair Elect to Commission 2, Dr.
Michael Sutherland to Commission 4, Mr. Mikael Lilje
to Commission 5 and Dr. Gethin W. Roberts to
New member associations were adopted from the Philippines and
from Bulgaria and affiliate members from the Netherlands, United
Arab Emirates, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, USA as well as from Iraq,
Lao People's Democratic Republic and Russian Federation (Siberian
State Academy of Geodesy).
The General Assembly also endorsed the
Costa Rica Declaration on Pro-Poor Coastal Zone Management and
FIG Statutes and Internal Rules.
You can read the
now on the web. Hard copies of the minutes including copies of the
latest FIG publications and the new FIG Profile have been circulated
to all members. You can download here the
minutes (short version as a .pdf version) and
handouts of the finance report as promised to be circulated
together with the minutes.
Full set of minutes as a .pdf-file (56 pages) is also available.
A larger report of the
Working Week is now
Applications for a grant from the FIG Foundation
The Board of Directors of the FIG
Foundation has announced the grants from The FIG Foundation for 2008.
Applications were to be submitted to the Foundation at the FIG Office by
15 May 2008. The FIG Foundation offers total grants up to 20,000 € in
for the application are now available as well as the application form in .pdf-format
.doc-format. Decision on the grants will be made in June 2008.
The General Assembly will elect two Vice Presidents to the FIG
Council and Chairs Elect to all ten technical Commissions at its
meeting in Stockholm 14-19 June 2008. The Council has received four
nominations for the position of Vice President and 12 nominations
for the position of Chair Elect. The Council has decided to publish
the names of the candidates together
with the nomination templates. The full agenda for the General
Assembly will be published and shipped to the members 14 April
||The FIG Annual Review June 2006 - December
2007 has now been published. Hard copies of the annual
review have been mailed to all members. If you have not
received your copy, you can contact the FIG office, email:
FIG@fig.net. You can also download the FIG Annual Review
The FIG Annual Review June 2006 - December 2007 in
pdf-format (2.60 MB)
FIG Honorary President Holger Magel, President
of the Bavarian Academy of Rural Areas celebrated the 20th
anniversary of the Academy 17 June 2008 – Bavarian Prime
Minister Dr. Günther Beckstein acknowledged the competence of
the Bayerische Akademie Ländlicher Raum
Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Günther Beckstein, in his
speech on the occasion of the 20th anniversary celebration of
the Bavarian Academy for Rural Areas, appreciated the high
professional competence of the Academy and its members. In the
words of the Prime Minister: “The academy transmits important
messages and ideas for the attainment of equalitarian quality of
life in all regions of Bavaria”. The Bavarian State
Government and the Academy agree on the need of a durable and
reliable inclusion of all regions outside the biggest urban
agglomerations and on the importance of their lasting promotion.
The academy, presided by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel
has achieved a great reputation far beyond the limits of the
Bavarian State within the 20 years of its existence.
A high appreciation for the impacts of the Bavarian Academy
for Rural Areas and its nationwide role as pioneer and mentor
was expressed by the Chairman of the Academy for Rural Areas of
the State Schleswig-Holstein Former State Secretary Rüdiger
von Plüskow in his welcome speech.
Prof. Christiane Thalgott, President of the German
Academy for City and Regional Planning (Deutsche Akademie für
Städtebau und Landesplanung) delivered her welcome speech from
the point of view of the principle of partnership between rural
and urban areas; in other words, not pointing towards the
identification of the contrasts between town and country, but to
the recognition of the respective identities and individualities
which may foster cooperation among them.
In the context of the ceremony, the scientific board of the
Bavarian academy, in presence of Prime Minister Dr. Beckstein,
awarded eight young scientists who have dealt with current
topics of the rural areas in an innovative way, with a prize for
their outstanding work.
Günther Beckstein and Prof. Holger Magel.
Prize Winners together with Dr.
Günther Beckstein and
Prof. Holger Magel.