FIG Commission 7

FIG Commission 7 - Cadastre and Land Management

The mission of commission 7 is to: Commission Chair
  • provide a forum for enhancing and exchanging knowledge about cadastre, land admini-stration and land management world wide
  • To encourage the development of pro poor land management and land administration
  • To promote the importance of development of sustainable land administration as infra-structure for sustainable development to underpin economic growth
  • To promote the application of innovative and advanced technology in cadastre and land
  • To promote awareness of the role of surveyors in land administration matters to the public and among stake holders.

FIG Commission 7 Work Plan 2019-2022

Mr. Daniel Paez, Land Specialist, AUSTRALIA
Contact: FIGCommission7 [at]
Upcoming Events

Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2020
30 August - 5 September
Bern, Switzerland

10-14 May in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Recent News

Cancellation of FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2020

The event should have taken place in Bern, Switzerland, but is unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Geospatial Mobile Application review - PLEASE CONTRIBUTE

Conscious of the important role of geospatial technologies in supporting national responses to the COVID19 pandemic, UNGGIM Academic Network, FIG Commission 7, the University of Melbourne and ESRI Colombia, have joint efforts to produce a rapid technical paper on COVID-19 geospatial mobile applications.  This paper will include a description of selected mobile applications across the world and categorization of them. 

Meet in Washington 18 March

Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the WBG Land and Poverty conference, we have discovered that some of you may still be travelling to DC or may be available during the week when the conference was going to be held.

To connect those that are in Washington DC during that week, FIG Commission 7 and UNGGIM Academic Network are organizing a land networking event on the 18th of March at 7 pm in Washington. The Venues is Vapiano restaurant on M street (for full information, menu and pricing please visit 
This networking event will be a great opportunity to explore your particular interest in the land sector and to learn more about all our activities at the FIG Commission 7 and UNGGIM Academic Network.

Please RSVP by filling in this form at

Feel free to share this invitation with others you think would be interested to attend. More info/invitation

Newsletter November 2019

Read the latest newsletter from the Commission Chair - Daniel Paez.

FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2019

The Commission 7 Annual Meeting took place in Seoul, Korea 5-9 August 2019.
For more information, please visit the web site:

Commission 7 at FIG Working Week 2019

The Working Week took place in Hanoi, Vietnam 22-26 April 2019. Commission 7 held its yearly meeting and was involved in several sessions covering the commission 7 areas.

FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2018 and International Seminar

24 - 28 September 2018, Bergen, Norway

Around 100 participants from all over the world followed the invitation to join the FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting and the international Seminar organized by the Norwegian FIG member association TEKNA in Bergen, Norway.

Season's greetings from Commission 7

Dear Delegates, Correspondents and friends of FIG Commission 7!

At the end of this year which is as well the closing of my term of office as Chair of FIG Commission 7 I will take the opportunity to review about the past 4 years and to extend my sincere thanks to all of you.One of the main events on the agenda of Commission 7 are the Annual Meetings and international Conferences/Workshops linked to these. Organising such events is sometimes challenging for facing constraints from budget or from personal resources and therefore requests an extraordinary personal engagement of the local organiser. Commission 7 Annual Meetings in the past term were very successful at providing interesting technical programmes and were well attended by an international or/and regional audience. The outreach was far beyond the Commission 7 community. Read more

IMPULS Workshop 6 December 2018

The well attended national IMPULS project workshop on „SDI Raising awareness – benefits from IMPULSE Project to SDI FBiH and further development“organized by the Federal Administration for Geodetic and Property Legal Affairs was held in Sarajevo on 5 and 6 December 2018 in the premises of the Hotel Holiday. FIG was represented by Chair of Commission 7 Ms. Gerda Schennach who delivered greetings from FIG President Ms. Chryssy Potsiou and Vice-Chair of the Commission Mr. Gyula Iván (HU).

The Director of the Federal Administration for Geodetic and Real Property Affairs, Mr. Željko Obradović opened the workshop and welcomed all participants, and pointed out the importance of sharing data. Mr. Tomislav Ciceli presented the IMPULSE project and its benefits for the SDI FBiH, Mrs. Slobodanka Ključanin presented Spatial Data Infrastructure of the Federation of BiH and results achieved so far.

FIG Commission 7 presentations were about Win-Win solutions for national and international activities on Cadastre & Land Management by the INSPIRE Directive and about experiences of the implementation of INSPIRE theme Cadastral parcels in Hungary. Mr. Vladimir Krupa, member of the CLGE Executive Board highlighted in his speech the importance of authoritative data and public appointed professionals and the benefits from civil servants/private surveyors models in cadastre.

The second part of the workshop emphasised on the Register of subjects, Register of data sources and Metadata editor which was presented by Mr. Nikola Cvjetković and Mrs. Amela Huković. Mr. Nedim Hadžiosmanović presented the complexity of the establishment of a national SDI and the role of the municipalities being in charge of cadastre in its implementation.
The Workshop was concluded by a discussion and summary of findings for further steps to be taken. More details

Chair of FIG Commission 7, Mrs. Gerda Schennach, followed the kind invitation offered by Director Mr. Željko Obradović to visit the Federal Administration for Geodetic and Real Property Affairs on 6 December 2018. The impressive achievements on the updating of cadastre and land registration and implementation of e-government procedures for continuous maintenance of the information were discussed. It was agreed to further develop the exchange of knowledge and information on professional aspects in establishing a NSDI. More details

Commission 7 2018 Annual Meeting and International Seminar

24-28 September 2018, Bergen, Norway

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Commission 7 2018 Annual Meeting and International Seminar - Invitation

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2018 and International Seminar being held at the Hotel Zander K, Zander Kaaes gate 7, 5015 Bergen, Norge, Europe.

The venue for the Annual meeting 2018 has been decided as on the excellent air links to many other countries inside and outside Europe at once the colorful Norwegian city of Bergen offers many cultural highlights and is also considered a gateway to majestic fjords. Norway, the country of northern Europe, occupies the western half of the Scandinavian peninsula. Nearly half of the population lives in the extreme south, in the region around Oslo, the capital. About two-thirds of Norway is mountainous, and of its much articulated shoreline carved by deep glacier fjords are about 50,000 islands.

Accompanying persons are very much welcome to attend the social events and excursions.

Thanks to the organizing committees Tekna and Geoforum under chairmanship of Mr. Leiv Bjarte Mjøs, for providing the opportunity to meet to Norway.

Looking forward to meeting all of you in Bergen!

For more information, please visit: Web site


Dear Commission 7 Delegates, Correspondents and friends!

Only few days are left in 2017 and this is a good reason to review the year and to have a look ahead to 2018.
Looking back to the two main events of Commission 7, I want to express a special thank to our colleagues in Finland for their continuous support in organising the Commission 7 events in the frame of the FIG WW in Helsinki and to our Colombian colleagues, Daniel Paez from the University de los Andes in Bogota and his team of young surveyor and students, who organised an excellent and very well attended Annual Meeting and Conference in Cartagena. For the first time we had the possibility to join the events in a teleconference service, which was even more helpful as Daniel Steudler and myself got stranded in Frankfurt airport being booked on one of the 250 flights which had been cancelled that day due to bad weather conditions. These are the challenges – hurricanes, wizards, snow and other natural hazards make it sometimes difficult to make use of all facilities to get to all places around the globe! Thanks to the young team who made attendance happen in this situation.

You will find all presentations of both events at fig and at A more detailed report will be circulated at the beginning of the next year.

The highlight of 2018 will be the FIG Congress in Istanbul to be held on 6-11 May 2018. Registration is already open and up to now 450 papers have been applied for, 150 of them directly connected to Commission 7 topics – again there will be the need to run a considerable number of Technical Sessions in parallel. Besides there will be among others a special half-day side event on cadastre of the Turkish talking countries, from where we expect around 100 persons to attend. A more detailed agenda for the Commission 7 technical and social events will be circulated in a few weeks and may be found on

The Annual Meeting of Commission 7 including an international Workshop will be held in autumn 2018 most likely from 24-28 September 2018 in Bergen/Norway. Thanks to our Delegate Leiv Bjarte Mjøs who is committed to organize the event and who has already made some arrangements to make sure that the costs will stay at our average level of previous years. All details about the Annual Meeting and other events co-organised by Commission 7 are continuously updated at Please make sure that any event which is attended by FIG Commission 7 members gets published on this website by sending a note to me.
Finally, I want to thank all of you for your participation in and as FIG Commission 7 representatives and for activities taken for FIG Commission 7. Your contribution in conferences, workshops, all kind of publications and many other initiatives is a most valuable contribution to spread the spirit of FIG and especially for us in Commission 7 to provide the society with a solid fundament for secure and fair land tenure and land registration in all countries all over the world for the benefit for society and land owners. Especially in those times of all kind of challenges on land, expertise which is built on professional skills and on independent assessment of the situation, is of high relevance for a peaceful coexistence.
I wish all delegates, correspondents and friends of Commission 7 a peaceful Season and a happy New Year

Looking forward to meeting all of you in 2018.

Gerda Schennach

Commission 7 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference - Invitation

The FIG Commission 7 Annual Conference and Meeting is taking place between 4 – 8 December 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia. This event will also host a conference focused on Cadastre for emergencies and disasters: Challenges and opportunities for islands and coastlines.

The FIG Commission 7 Annual Conference is the meeting par excellence that brings together surveyors from around the world so they can share and learn about the latest developments in cadastre and land management as well as contributing experience and knowledge in terms of their environments and individual activities. It is a one-off opportunity for participants from all over the world –both professional members of the FIG Commission 7 and interested members of the public– to share their points of view.

Those who participate in the conference will be able to go to a gala dinner and visit the important tourist sights in Cartagena. You can also try traditional dishes from the Colombian Caribbean region and take a walk on the beautiful beaches. Cartagena de Indias is located on Colombia’s north coast and it has beaches that are renowned for their beauty and tranquillity. It also hosts architectural gems such as the citadels that were built in the Colonial Period that have now been restored. In 1984 the city was declared an UNESCO world heritage site, which made it one of the most-visited Colombian and Latin American cities.

For more information, please visit  

Commisson 7 at the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland 29 May - 2 June

Commission 7 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland 29 May - 2 June 2017

Ms. Gerda Schennach Chair of commssion 7 making her report to the General Assembly

Commission chairs 2015-2018 at their meeting during the FIG Working Week, 29 May-2 June in Helsinki, Finland: Remy Boudon(comm. 6) Volker Schwieger (comm. 5), See Lian ONG (comm. 10), Angela Etuonovbe (comm. 4), Steven Nystrom (comm. 9), Kwame Tenadu (comm. 8), Enrico Rispoli (comm. 3), Gerda Schennach (comm. 7), Fahria Masum(comm. 2), Brian J. Coutts (comm. 1)

Commission 7 Annual Meeting

The meeting is held Wednesday 31 May in hall 101 at Messukeskus Conference Center, Helsinki, Finland

Questionnaire: ISO LADM based international information model for property valuation

This questionnaire that has been developed by representatives from Commission 7 and 9 who are seeking input regarding the LADM expansion module. This is an ongoing research which aims at developing a LADM based international information model for property valuation, namely an ISO LADM Valuation Module for the specification of registries used in immovable property valuation.

Read more and fill in the questionnare:

Deadline 20 January 2017

2016 Annual Meeting and Conference

24-28 October in Coimbra, Portugal

The FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting was held in Coimbra, Portugal in October. The meeting was successful and the attendees met up and heard first-hand about cadastral developments in different scenarios, to share experiences, and learned about what is happening in this particular sector of activity.

2016 Annual Meeting and Conference - invitation

FIG Commission 7, in cooperation with the Portuguese Association of Engineers, is pleased to invite you to the Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2016 and to the Geoconference on "Cadastre 4.0 - Transparency-Participation-Collaboration”, both to be held in Coimbra/Portugal, 24–28 October 2016.

The FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting continues to be an excellent opportunity for land surveyors from around the world to meet up and hear first-hand about cadastral developments in different scenarios, to share experiences, and to learn about what is happening in this particular sector of activity.

In the Geoconference on "Cadastre 4.0 - Transparency-Participation-Collaboration”, organised as a part of the Annual Meeting on 25-26 October 2016, invited speakers will share with the participants their knowlodge on new technologies and automatization of processes, products and services. Participants will be able to discuss about how transparency can be made happen, participation can be realised and collaboration can be made more visible.
Coimbra is a city in the central part of Portugal, with its beauty reflecting the long-term history of culture and science and at the same time surrounded by a scenic landscape and pure nature. Excellent public transport facilities from Porto or Lisbon international airports will bring you in short time to Coimbra.
The local organisers from the Portuguese Association supported by the colleagues from the University of Coimbra have prepared for a most interesting programme including social events, an accomanying persons programme and including a one-day special excursion on 28 October 2016 to the famous wine region of the Douro river and Porto, both classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.

The topic of the technical part of the programme as well as the planning for the social part let expect a most exciting week in Portugal.
More information and registration see

Looking forward to meeting all of you in Coimbra!
Gerda Schennach, Chair FIG Commission 7

Symposium on Land Consolidation and Readjustment for Sustainable Development - Designing Resilient Landscapes and Empowering Communities.

The symposium will be co-organised by FIG, FAO, Dutch Kadaster and LANDNET. The symposium provides a unique opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with fellow scientists and practitioners working on land consolidation and land readjustment from all over the world. There is an attractive programme with a mixture of keynotes, technical sessions, field trips and social activities.

The symposium will be held in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, 9-11 November 2016.

Web site:   

Chrit Lemmen, Chair WG 7.1 of FIG Commission 7

Cadastral Template 2.0 - A Worldwide Comparison of Cadastral Systems

A new version of Cadastral Template has been launched, developed by a research group at the Centre for SDIs and Land administration, Department of Infrastructure Engineering of the University of Melbourne led by Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Dr. Daniel Steudler, and Professor Ian Williamson, supported by Professor Stig Enemark from Aalborg University, Denmark.

The Cadastral Template was established under UN mandate by Resolution 4 of the 16th UNRCC-AP in Okinawa, Japan in July 2003. Is your country information updated? Check the Cadastral Template

Commission 7 at the FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand 2-6 May

Commission 7 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-6 May 2016

Commission chairs 2015-2018 at their meeting during the FIG Working Week, 2-6 May 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand: Brian J. Coutts (comm. 1), E.M.C. (Liza) Groenendijk (comm. 2), Enrico Rispoli (comm. 3), Angela Etuonovbe (comm. 4), Volker Schwieger (comm. 5), Diane Dumashie (Vice president), Ivo Milev (comm. 6)., Gerda Schennach (comm. 7), Steven Nystrom (comm. 9), See Lian ONG (comm. 10) and Eva-Maria Unger (YSN)

Dear Commission 7 Delegates, Correspondents and friends!

At the end of this year, I want to thank all of you for your support for and for your contributions to the work of FIG Commission 7 in order to raise awareness on land rights, to secure or/and improve rights on land  and to support interest groups wherever it is necessary. Establishing contacts and co-operating with professionals in all regions all over the globe will bring us forward in implementing tools which are appropriate to meet these goals.
2016 will continue with as many events as in 2015, where Commission 7 representatives will play key roles!
The most important internal events to meet within the FIG community in 2016 are already on the agenda
FIG Working Week Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-6 May 2016, under the theme “Recovery from Disaster”, is already under final arrangements for the technical programme. More informtion and registration at
Don't miss to register before 8 February 2016 in order to get the discount of 90 EUR off the standard registration fee.
The Commission 7 Annual Meeting including an international Seminar will be held in Coimbra, Portugal, 23-28 Oct 2016. Our Portuguese colleagues have already started with preparations for these events. A first announcement including information on travelling, accommodation and technical programme will be sent out in spring.
I do hope to welcome as many partners of the Commission 7 community as possible in both events!
For the moment, please take my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Looking forward to working for a successful 2016.
Gerda Schennach

Invitation: Workshop on Crowdsourcing of Land Information - Joint FIG Commission 7 and 3 meeting

It is a great pleasure to invite you to this year Annual Meeting of Commission 7, which will be held on 16-20 November 2015 in Malta, Europe. The Annual Meeting will be linked to an International Workshop on Crowdsourcing of Land Information, co-organised by FIG Commission 3 and Commission 7.

The most interesting theme of the Workshop and high-level presentations linking subjects from the perspectives of both Commissions involved as well as the location in the very centre of the Mediterranean Basin with surrounding countries representing a big variety of professional background lets expect a vibrant event.

The planning for the sessions will be twofold – while Commission 3 has launched a call for peer reviewed papers, Commission 7 stays as before with invited speakers and non-peer reviewed papers for the Annual Meeting. Delegates are welcome to submit their proposals to If you wish to apply for a peer-reviewed paper, please go to the website of Commission3, if the subject is within the scope of the call.

A special thank to the director of the organising committee, well known FIG colleague Randolph Camilleri, who has put all his efforts to arrange for the meeting at an excellent venue in Malta and to provide an attractive programme for accompanying persons and a social programme for the Delegates. And thanks to Robin McLaren, Chair of WG 7.3 for strongly supporting for arranging for the Technical Sessions of Com7.

International FIG Workshop on "The Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk Reduction: In the Context of Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake

The second big FIG Commission 7 event during this autumn is the International FIG Workshop on "The Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk Reduction: In the Context of Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake” on 25-27 November 2015 in Kathmandu/Nepal jointly organised by FIG Commission 2, Commission 7, ISPRS Working Group IV/4 together with the Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (NICS) and the Nepal Remote Sensing and Photogrammetric Society (NRSPS).

This Workshop addresses a highly relevant topic in the wider region and will be a pilot for the 2016 Working Week in New Zealand, which will focus on recovery from disaster. WG 7.2 is strongly engaged into this event. Thanks to our colleagues in Nepal for organising this event under challenging conditions at the early stage and for taking up this topic!

More information about registration, call for papers see 

Commission 7 at the FIG Working Week 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria 17-21 May 2015

Ms. Gerda Schennach, Chair of commission 7 making his report to the General Assembly
Commission 7 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-21 May 2015.


FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting and GeoConference 2014


The FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting and GeoConference 2014 will take place 7-11 October, Qu?ec, Canada.
R?nion annuelle de la Commission 7 de la FIG et G?Congr? 2014

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FIG Commission 7 Newsletter - June 2014

FIG Commission 7 Annual meeting 2013, "Land Policies and Land Governance International Symposium and Workshop", Yaounde, Cameroon, 21 Oct. - 25 Oct. 2013

Commission 7 Annual meeting in Yaound? Cameroon

A series of events was held in the Djeuga Palace hotel in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon in October 2013:
 - Annual Meeting of FIG Commission 7 on Cadastre and Land       
 - General Assembly of the FGF ? the F??ation des G?m?res
 - Training Workshop in Land Administration
 - International Symposium on Land Policies and Land Governance 

LADM2013: 5th FIG International Land Administration Domain Model Workshop was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 24-25 September 2013

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LADM audience focussed

Over 40 participants attended the workshop and a total of 25 peer reviewed papers were presented, covering a range of themes, including: the industry perspective on LADM; the linkage between LADM and information infrastructures; refined LADM modeling, 3D representations and formalizing LADM semantics; specific LADM country profiles; and implementation aspects.
FIG Commission 7
Dipl. Ing. Gerda Schennach
Chair of FIG Commission 7
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