FIG Commission 8 - Spatial planning and development


"Land is a scarce resource. In pursue of a sustainable development, it is key to balance the various, sometimes conflicting, interests in spatial planning and to acknowledge the voice of all stakeholders. Themes that will be addressed are urban challenges, urban-rural dependencies, and GIS and land policy tools for implementation."

What we do

For the term 2019-2022 FIG Commission 8 will be working on:

For the full work plan, please visit Work Plan 2019-2022
(Original work plan .pdf-format )

Land Consolidation Legislation: FAO Legal Guide and its application at country level

June 2020

The webinar serves to support the application and implementation of the VGGT and achieving SDG targets such as 1.4, 2.3 and 5.a. The objective of this discussion is to promote good land consolidation practices and the practical application of the FAO Legal Guide with the examples from a range of European countries. More information.

Were you not able to join live? You can watch the webinar now on Youtube


August 2020

This year, unfortunately, we had to miss the opportunity to meet each other at the FIG Working Week in Amsterdam. Many commission 8 activities were scheduled during the FIG Working Week, including a fully booked tour about land and water management. To bridge the time to the next Working Week, we will reach out to you in various digital ways; by this newsletter but also by organizing digital activities. Enjoy the newsletter

FIG Working (from home) Week 2020 - Proceedings

May 2020

During the conference days a range of articles highlighting the hot-topics, the ground breaking research, and the hidden gems in the proceedings was published.

Spatial planning – the focus of commission 8 – is logically much related to the subtheme ‘integrated land and water management’ of the FIG Working Week 2020.  Read the article



FIG Working Week 2021
21-25 June 2021
Utrecht, the netherlands

March 2020

Report to the General Assembly - FIG Commission 8

February 2020

FIG Working Week 2020 and FIG Commission 8

May 2019

FIG2020: A comprehensive tour on Dutch land- and water management – join

November 2018

Commission 8 at FIG Working Week 2019


More News from FIG Commission 8




Work Plans




Working Groups


Key Documents


Meet the officers

Commission Chair

Ms. Marije Louwsma, the Netherlands
Advisor spatial planning
Contact: FIGCommission8 [at]

Working Group Chairs:

Rural – urban dependency (WG 8.1)
Rosy Liao Rong, China, People’s Republic of

GIS tools for spatial planning (WG 8.2)
Enrico Rispoli, Italy

Urban Challenges (WG 8.3)
Erwin van der Krabben, the Netherlands

Land policy instruments for spatial development (WG 8.4)
Dr. Morten Hartvigsen, Hungary

African Water Governance (WG 8.5)
Richard Pagett, Serbia

List of all officers


Delegates and Correspondents:

Each member association has the right to nominate a delegate to each of the ten technical commissions. In addition Affiliates, Academic Members and Corporate Members  are welcome to nominate a correspondent to each commission.

Interested? If you are interested to become a national delegate from your country, please contact your member association. The contact information of national delegates is updates by the FIG office. Any changes in contact information should be sent to the FIG Office.




Term 2019-2022
Term 2015-2018
Term 2011-2014
Term 2007-2010
Term 2003-2006

Working Groups

Term 2019-2022 

WG 8.1: Rural – urban dependency
WG 8.2: GIS tools for spatial planning
WG 8.3: Urban Challenges
WG 8.4: Land policy instruments for spatial development
WG 8.5: African Water Governance

All working groups


Tas Force

FIG Africa Taskforce


August 2020
November 2019
August 2019
June 2019

FIG Publications


FIG Proceedings

List of FIG Conference Proceedings
FIG Surveyors Reference Library


All events

Reports to General Assembly

Report, May 2020
Report, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2019
Report, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018
Report, Helsinki, Finland, 2017

All reports