Cadastre in sustainable spatial management - The future of cadaster

October 2011  Warsaw, Poland

Keynote session of the 3rd Cadastral Congress, from left to right: Dr Ludmiła Pietrzak, Prof Stig Enemark, Jolanta Orlińska, FIG President Teo CheeHai and Prof Andrzej Hopfer.

President CheeHai TEO joined the 3rd Cadastral Congress in Warsaw, Poland. The theme was ‘Cadastre in sustainable spatial management’. The Congress was organized by Association of Polish Surveyors in close cooperation with the Head Office of Geodesy in Poland. About 150 participants from 19 countries joined.

The Congress was held under the auspicious of President of Poland Mr. Bronisław Komorowski. The participants were welcomed by Stanisław Cegielski, President of the Polish Association of Surveyors, Jolanta Orlińska, Surveyor General of Poland and Mr. CheeHai Teo - President FIG. Prof. Stig Enemark, Honorary President of FIG, gave a keynote.

Issues discussed were the future of Cadastre (Cadastre 2014plus), cadastral reforms in local and global scale – integration of the technical and legal part of cadastre, cadastre in the field of disaster management and cadastre in the European Union.

The ambitions of the Polish Cadastre are to build a innovative and fully transparent land administration, to support in e-government, to support in participatory approaches (spatial planning), to integrate land administration with other public registers and to support to cross-border services (the EU Digital Agenda) and INSPIRE. Presenters at the Congress emphasized that the majority of data included in the cadastre, especially the spatial data can serve as a primary reference to the other public registers. Future cadastre should register in real time all rights, limitations and duties. An institutional fundament is needed.

The Congress recommended:

  • to recognize cadastral systems as a part of a wider state information infrastructure including the legal framework and with relationships to various users, especially with the financial and banking sectors,
  • to institutionalize cadastral systems in a coordinated manner in order to get the maximum benefit from the cadastre, and
  • to consider that a cadastral system supports into long-term financial investments
    Progressive, incremental cadastral development is realistic, taking into account available resources for their implementation. Essential is the definition and availability of appropriate data and applications standards.

Ludmiła Pietrzak

23 February 2012