The Global Role of Surveying in the New Millennium
by Robert W. Foster
Key words: FIG, surveying, sustainable development,
Globalization and sustainable development are two concepts being
discussed at length today. How globalization will affect surveyors
depends in large part on how surveyors define their profession and on
how surveyors see themselves in the world arena. The activities of
surveying, as defined by FIG, are examined.
The sustainable development concept is a response to the many
symptoms of an over-expanding world population and its impact on the
natural environment. In sustainable development, each generation would
utilize the world’s resources in order to meet its needs without
inhibiting future generations from meeting their needs. Three general
ways are suggested in which the surveying profession may contribute to
achieving sustainable development. The role of FIG is examined with an
explanation and further examination of the FIG Bureau Work Plan.
Two major goals of the current Bureau Work Plan are "improving
FIG’s responsiveness to the needs of the Member organizations’
members", and "developing of contacts with United Nations
agencies and other international organizations in the context of the
Commissions’ work plans".
Robert W. Foster
International Federation of Surveyors
Email: FIG@FIG.net or email@example.com