FIG Vice President Greenway attends Congress in Bosnia
Ilidza near Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, 28-30 September 2011
The large audience listens to technical presentations
FIG Supports in Bosnia And Herzegovina in Addressing Cadastral
The Geodetic Society of Bosnia-Herzegovina became a Member Association of
FIG in 2010, and invited a member of the FIG Council to attend the Congress
2011, held 28-30 September 2011 to make a presentation on the work of FIG to
the delegates. Vice President Greenway attended the Contress. Over
200 professionals attended the congress, from Bosnia-Herzegovina and
surrounding countries. Both the professional and social elements of the
Congress were very well-organised.
Those responsible for the cadastre in the country face a number of
particular challenges. Some of these relate to the loss of cadastral records
in the recent war; others to the legacy of differing cadastral systems in
The reconstruction of the cadastre following the war began in 2007 and is
making good progress. It is seen by the government as a key national task,
one which is also being supported by other countries. It is aimed to have
the work complete in 2013; this includes a review of the quality of the
records with the aim of reducing and removing errors, as well as
reconstructing the records that were lost in the war.
Interim solutions for updating records during the period of
reconstruction were discussed at the Congress, to ensure that owners have
clear title against which to sell land, or to borrow against its value.
Presentations explained the variety of legal bases for the cadastre in the
Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina, including in Republic Syrpska. These are
a legacy of the different periods of the country’s history, and make the
legal and technical work of reconstructing and maintaining the cadastre and
the land registry particularly challenging. For instance, the land
registration law and regulations are on the basis of the Austro-Hungarian
methods for land registration, which have been abrogated. Other laws are
contradictory. FIG has offered to provide support, through its network of
experts, to Bosnia & Herzegovina on these complex issues.
Bosnia & Herzegovina also faces a range of challenges that will be
familiar to surveyors in many countries – these include: laws that do not
allow for the use of GPS and digital data; a shortage of surveyors being
trained; and the need to implement the INSPIRE Directive.
The Congress presentations also covered other issues, including:
- NSDI developments in Bosnia & Herzegovina and surrounding countries;
- GNSS networks – a 34 station permanent network for the country went
live the day before the Congress;
- Topographic map updating;
- The developing needs for surveyor education, focussing on the end
results required alongside the necessary methodologies, as well as the
need to train surveyors in other disciplines including environmental
The Mayor of Ilidza spoke at the opening ceremony of the Congress and
challenged delegates to solve the inaccuracies of the cadastre, which are
holding the country back. In his opening speech, the President of the
Geodetic Society noted that surveying is a special profession, but one which
– because of worrying about the millimetres – often appears boring and
inward-looking to others.
The audience listened to and responded to these challenges during the two
days of the Congress.
30 September 2011
Vice President Greenway with the Congress organisers
The beautiful old city of Sarajevo
14 October 2011