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 )


Learn more about how Commission 8 is working with the SDG's

New FIG Publication on Water Governance Challenges in Africa

June 2021,

"Good Practice for Resilience Planning to address Water Governance Challenges in Africa" is prepared by FIG Commission 8 - Spatial Planning and Development; Working Group 8.5 on African Water Governance and is no 77 in the series of FIG Publications.  Read more

Publication 77: Good Practice for Resilience Planning to address Water Governance Challenges in Africa (pdf)

Commission 8, Chair Elect

August 2021

The General Assembly elected Mr. Kwabena Asiama from Ghana, GhIS, as the Chair Elect of Commission 8, the elected Chair Elect term as the Chair of the Commission will be initiated at the FIG Congress 2022 for the period 2023-2026.

Commission 8 at FIG Working Week 2021

August 2021

The Working Week took place online, 20-25 June 2021. Commission 8 held its annual meeting with outset in their prepared Report and Agenda. Commission 8 was also involved in sessions covering Commission 8 areas within the theme of Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management. To read more click here.


FIG Congress 2022

More information will follow soon.


July 2021

Workshop Joint FIG Commissions 3 and 8 - Proceedings

July 2021

FIG Commission 3 and 8 Workshop on
Spatial information management to optimize Spatial planning and Sustainable development

May 2021


December 2020

Successful webinar about Land Banking - Read more and watch the webinar

March 2020

Report to the General Assembly - FIG Commission 8


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