News in 2013
FIG President visits the Netherlands
Apeldoorn and Enschede, the Netherlands, 14-15 November 2013
Students and staff of the UNU School for Land Administration Studies with
Teo CheeHai at ITC Faculty, University of Twente, Enschede
On 14 and 15 November 2013, the President of FIG, Teo CheeHai,
visited several key organizations working on Land Administration in the
Netherlands. The visit occurred subsequent to the Global Land Tool Network
(GLTN) partner meeting conducted earlier in the week in The Hague.
The whirlwind tour included stops at the Head Office of Netherlands
Kadaster in Apeldoorn, and the UNU School for Land Administration Studies,
based in the ITC Faculty at the University of Twente in Enschede.
The FIG President was welcomed in Apeldoorn by the chair of the
Geo-Information Netherlands (GIN) Mr. Peter Hoogwerf. GIN is the sole
Member Association from The Netherlands in FIG and is a meeting place and
knowledge network for Geo-Information Professionals. Surveyors are one of
the professional groups which feel at home within GIN. Then the FIG
President met the chair of the executive Board of the Netherlands Kadaster,
Ms. Dorine Burmanje. Netherlands Kadaster is an Affiliate Member of
In Enschede, CheeHai met with the Dean of the ITC Faculty of Twente
University - Prof. Tom Veldkamp along with Prof Zevenbergen,
whose Chair is focused on Land Administration and Land management. The visit
also included discussions with the staff and students of the United Nations
University School for Land Administration Studies. Students were encouraged
to be part of the solutions to address real world problems. ITC Faculty of
Twente University is an Academic Member of FIG.
Gratitude was expressed on behalf of FIG for the significant role the
Netherlands has played in promoting innovative approaches to land
administration, particularly in developing regions. Special recognition was
made of the key role they played in developing and contributing to the
Social Tenure Domain Model – now finding widespread use in many grassroots
contexts. The Dutch association, Kadaster and ITC expressed their gratitude
at FIG for enabling a progressive global forum in the domain of land
administration – and to Teo himself, for being the most recent champion for
a paradigm shift in land administration.
Tom Veldkamp and Teo CheeHai at the ITC Faculty,
University of Twente, Enschede
Chair of the executive Board of the Netherlands Kadaster, Ms.
Dorine Burmanjewith FIG President CheeHai Teo
Christiaan Lemmen and Rohan Bennet
19 December 2013