Asia/Pacific FIG Capacity Development Network

Asia/Pacific FIG Capacity Development Network


Mission of the Network Chair

The mission of the FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network (AP CDN) is to enable an environment of land, marine and “space” professionals to effectively provide innovative, reliable and best practice solutions to address the regional social, economic, environmental and technological challenges associated with global geospatial trends, our rapidly changing and complex world.

To achieve this mission, FIG’s networking partner is the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Asia Pacific, in particular Working Group 1 Geodetic Reference Frames. 




Mr. Rob Sarib, Australia
Steering group

Dr. Matt Amos – LINZ and IAG
Mr. Graeme Blick, LINZ
Dr. John Dawson, UN GGIM AP Co-Chair
Mr Nic Donnelly, FIG Commission 5
Mr Jens Kruger, Pacific Community – Geoscience Division
Mr Mikael Lilje, FIG
Mr Faatasi Malologa, Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council
Mr. Basara Miyahara - Geospatial Information Authority of Japan
Mrs Molly Powers-Tora, Pacific Community – Geoscience Division


One day meeting on “Regional Challenges, Benefits and Opportunities of Exchanging Geodetic Data”

The  Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) , FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development  Network, and the UN Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific Working Group 1 are jointly hosting a one day meeting on “Regional Challenges, Benefits and Opportunities of Exchanging Geodetic Data” on 16 October 2017, at the Kumamoto City International Centre in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.

This meeting with United Nation Asia Pacific country member delegates will workshop -

  • the social, technical, environmental and economic benefits and opportunities of accessing and sharing geodetic data;
  • open geodetic data and access policies;
  • geodetic data / licencing agreements; in particular the UN-GGIM Compendium on Licensing Geospatial Information;
  • the state of play of geodetic data sharing in Asia;
  • geodetic data that should be shared and accessible; and
  • examine solutions to challenges, impediments and the way forward.

For more information about this meeting please navigate to -

Please note this meeting will be convened prior to the UN GGIM AP Plenary Meeting 17-19th October 2017 -

Reference Frame in Practice Seminar

29-30 July 2017, Kobe, Japan

The Reference Frames in Practice (RFIP) series has been in operation since May 2012 and this year’s seminar was convened in Kobe (Japan) on 29-30 July 2017.  The seminar venue was the Kobe Chamber of Commerce - Port Island, and was hosted by GSI - Geospatial Information Authority of Japan.  A special thanks to Mr. Basara Miyahara and his team at GSI for their great hospitality.

Like previous seminars this RFIP was well attended.  It attracted 68 delegates from 19 different countries. From a program perspective, there were 21 quality presentations which included 4 presentations from the event sponsors who provided a manufacturers perspective on the issues and challenges relating to geodetic reference frames.

The seminar’s objective was to provide fundamental geodetic reference frame background, concepts and examine the associated data and analysis techniques, each with a focus on practical implementation and application. 

Meeting during FIG Working Week in Helsinki, Finland

There were about 25 participants involved in the FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network (AP CDN) “breakfast” meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to discover and share information on FIG activities that are occurring in Asia and the Pacific region, and how we can collaborate to achieve our work plan objectives.  At the meeting participants were encouraged to voice their opinions on the capacity development challenges being faced by our industry and how FIG can assist to address these challenges.

Skills for the future

Article in GeoConnexion March 2017 written by Rob Sarib, Chair of FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network

Surveyors will need to develop and refine new skills if they are to adapt to Future trends. Rob Sarib explains whatFIG believes modern surveyors need to know and what it’s doing to help them in Asia and the Pacific regions


29-30 July 2017, Kobe - Japan

This seminar will be of benefit to operational geodesists or surveyors who are dealing with reference frame issues and crustal deformation, either in a government or commercial environment. It is also open to academics or postgraduate students in a surveying or related discipline.

More information on this special event

FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network Report on Activities in the Pacific Region – November / December 2016

Regional Capacity Network Meeting, 17-19 October 2016 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Regional Capacity Network Meeting – Asia/Pacific Region was held in conjunction with the UN-GGIM-AP meeting 17-19 October 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Pacific Geospatial Survey Council Meeting, 24-25 November 2016, Suva Fiji

Members of the Asia Pacific FIG Capacity Development Network will be meeting with the Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council (PGSC) in Suva Fiji to finalise their Strategic Plan.  Network members from the Pacific Community Geoscience Division, Geoscience Australia, UN GGIM AP WG1, Land Information New Zealand, Mikael Lilje and Rob Sarib will also be participating in a Vertical Reference Surface workshop on the 26 November 2016, and the GIS / RS Users Conference thereafter.

Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council Meeting and GIS / RS User Conference

November 2015 - Suva, Fiji

Global Geodetic Reference Frame for Sustainable Development (GGRF) resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly

February 2015

In February 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution “A Global Geodetic Reference Frame for Sustainable Development” – the first resolution recognizing the importance of a globally-coordinated approach to geodesy.

Geodesy plays an increasing role in people’s lives, from finding directions using a smart phone to alleviating poverty.

Because the Earth is in constant motion, an acccurate point of reference is needed for making measurements. Geodesy provides a very accurate and stable coordinate reference frame for the whole planet: A Global Geodetic Reference Frame. "The extent and value to nations and the considerably increased economic benefit of implementing the Global Geodetic Reference Frame will be highlighted, alongside its role in underpinning the Sustainable Development Agenda". Dr. Vanessa Lawrence CB


Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs)

Original work plan in .pdf-format

The role the of AP CDN in the PICTs is to provide technical, administrative, and professional support to enable the following –

  • Pacific Geospatial and Surveying Council (PGSC) to lead, and engage the PICTs geospatial and surveying community on related activities;
  • In the first instance, establishment and maintenance of a regional geodetic reference frame that underpins geospatial and survey activities and information systems;
  • Creation of a framework that will provide a diverse and sustainable resource base to support PICTs  geospatial and surveying activities; and
  • Development of a structure that will enable the PICTs geospatial and surveying community (and at a subsequent stage other land professionals) to become self-reliant, and have a culture of learning, innovation, collaboration, and gender equity base.