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7th FIG Regional Conference - Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009

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Speakers at the Opening Ceremony
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Cultural programme at the Opening Ceremony.
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Mr. Pham Khoi Nguyen, Minister of Environment, Vietnam
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7th FIG Regional Conference - Spatial Data Serving People - Land Governance and the Environment - Building the Capacity was be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, 19-22 October 2009. The conference was attended by almost 400 people from 52 countries. Mr. Pham Khoi Nguyen, Minister of Environment, Vietnam opened the conference. FIG President Stig Enemark addressed in his opening address the key topics on land administration and environmental management. The conference included a two-day Regional Consultation Meeting on the “FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land and Other Natural Resources” that FIG organised jointly with FAO Land Tenure and Management Unit (NRLA). This meeting was attended by more than 70 experts from Asia. The conference further included a special workshop on Asia Pacific Reference Frame organised jointly with PCGIAP and IAG.
More than 150 presentations were made in 50 sessions and workshops. All papers are included in the online proceedings.
The second FIG regional conference in South East Asia was organised jointly by FIG and the Viet Nam Association of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing, VGCR. It gathered 250 participants from Asia, South-East Asia region and overseas and 150 from Vietnam to discuss land and surveying issues. Read more ...

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FIG Vice President Teo CheeHai being presented with a plague after his keynote presentation by the Chairperson of SLA and flanked by the President of NCR and National President of GEP.

Accelerating the Development of Cadastral Spatial Data Infrastructures Towards Sustainable Good Land Governance”, was the theme of the South Luzon Area Assembly of the Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines Inc., held on 6 & 7 November 2009, Quezon City, The Philippines.
FIG Vice President, CheeHai TEO attended the recently concluded South Luzon Area Assembly and he warmly received. FIG has accepted the invitation, though on a short notice, to enhance its engagement with its member associations. The Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines Inc (GEP) is Philippines’ sole member association in FIG. The event had a record attendance of about 500 people, more than doubling previous averages, so said a number of the participants.
FIG Vice President delivered a keynote presentation entitled “Keeping Pace with the Times”. Read more ...

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Paul Cheung, Director UNSD, Stig Enemark, President FIG, and Greg Scott, President of the 18th UNRCC-AP.

President Stig Enemark attended and gave a keynote at the Eighteenth United Nations Cartographic Conference for Asia & the Pacific (UNRCC-AP) held in Bangkok 26-29 October 2009. The conference is convened every three years since 1955. The overall theme was “Spatial Enablement and the Response to Climate Change and the Millennium Development Goals”. The conference was organized by the UN Statistics Division in Bangkok at the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and headed be Mr. Paul Cheung, Director of the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD). The conference provided a regional forum for approximately 200 participants (mostly heads of mapping agencies and land surveys and experts from Asia and the Pacific and other regions). The conference provides a unique platform for discussion and understanding of the regional needs, and for networking with national agencies and other NGO´s. Read more...

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One-day Open Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This year's FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia just before the Regional Conference. More than 40 delegates from 22 countries participated the meeting. At the meeting András Osskó, Chair of the Commission, and Commission 7 working group chairs gave reports on the Commission 7 activities. The One-day Open Symposium on „Progressing Towards ubiquitous Cadastre” was a successful event: Besides of international delegates more than 200 professionals attended from Malaysia and neighbouring countries. Read more...
Click picture for bigger format. FIG President Stig Enemark attended the Annual Conference “Areal og Ejendom” (Land and Property 2009) in Son in Akershus, Norway 24-25 September 2009. This conference was at the same time the General Assembly of NJKF (profession group in TEKNA), which is the FIG member in Norway (together with GeoForum Norway they form the FIG Norway). About 100 participants attended the conference. Read more...
Click picture for bigger format. INTERGEO 2009 exceeded the expectations of the organisers attracting over 16,000 visitors including a rise in the proportion of international visitors to a total of 22 per cent, and 1,450 congress participants. The congress and the trade fair did far more than the expectations of DVW. According to comments from the exhibitors the sales and business contacts were in increase compared to last year’s show. Read more...
The International Association of Geodesy (IAG) organised the “Geodesy for Planet Earth” conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the end of August. FIG was invited and represented by Mikael Lilje, Chair Elect of Commission 5 (Sweden) and Rob Sarib, Vice Chair of Administration (Australia). This scientific symposium is a biannual IAG event and attracted approximately 500 delegates from 65 different countries. There were 500 technical / scientific papers submitted and 280 of them were delivered as oral presentations. The technical program was run in two parallel sessions with numerous business meetings held in the evenings outside the ordinary technical program. Read more...
  • FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2009 and One-day International Symposium “Progressing Towards u-Cadastre” - 12–16 October 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2009 and the accompanying One-day International Open Symposium will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 12-16 October 2009. The One-day International Open Symposium with the theme “Progressing Towards u-Cadastre”, as always, is a key event during this year’s Annual Meeting.

  • FIG Commission 7 One-day International Symposium “Progressing Towards u-Cadastre” - 15 October 2009, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Progressing Towards u-Cadastre”, is the theme of the 2009 edition of One-day International Open Symposium for the International Federation of Surveyors Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management). It will, as always, a key event during this year’s Commission 7 weeklong Annual Meeting. Many countries and jurisdictions have already in place or implementing e-Cadastre. Ensuring efficient and effective delivery of services and benefits require that progress be continual and “u-Cadastre”, the ’u’ for “ubiquitous”; meaning existing or being everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; is the next horizon.

Click picture for bigger format. FIG is covering all surveying disciplines among these construction economics and management. To follow up Commission 10 agenda FIG attended the 13th Annual Congress of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) in Kuala Lumpur 17-18 August 2009. The meeting was attended by Mr. Andrew Morley, Chair of FIG Commission 10 and Mr. CheeHai Teo, Vice President. Over 450 delegates attended the Congress. Read more ...

The FIG Foundation has decided to make a number of awards in connection with the 2010 FIG Congress in Sydney, Australia. The flagship award will be the 2010 FIG Foundation Fellowship which will provide full funding for the Fellow to travel to and attend the Congress. In addition, the Foundation will award up to six grants which will provide €500 funding and complimentary registration each towards the grantees attending the Congress. Read more about the terms for applying...

Click picture for bigger format. FIG Commissions 5 (Positioning and Measurement) and 6 (Engineering Surveys) together with the Siberian State Academy of Geodesy (SSGA) organised a Workshop on “Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth Resources” on Lake Baikal in the settlement of Listvyanka, Russian Federation 23-30 July 2009. Read more...
Proceedings available on Commission 6 web site.
Click picture for bigger format. President Stig Enemark attended the GSDI-11 World Conference entitled “Spatial Data Convergence: Building SDI Bridges to address Global Challenges”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 15-29 June 2009. The GSDI-11 conference was very well attended by about 600 participants from all regions of the world. It included about 30 workshops, 9 plenary sessions and 70 technical sessions with about 350 presentations. Proceedings are available at http://www.gsdi.org/gsdi11/. Read more...
Click picture for bigger format. The Forum was organised by the UN sponsored Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure (PCGIAP) together with Islamic Republic of Iran’s Deeds and Properties Registration Organization, FIG, GSDI and the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, University of Melbourne. The aim was to discuss to discuss land administration issues and the role of cadastre to support e-government in the Asia and Pacific region. The Seminar was Chaired by Prof Ian Williamson and co-chaired by Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard.

Over 410 people from 15 countries and 4 international organisations attended the forum. Read more...

FIG Commissions 5 and 6 and Siberian State Academy of Geodesy (SSGA) organised a Workshop on “Innovative Technologies for an Efficient Geospatial Management of Earth Resources” for the first time in Russia on Lake Baikal in the settlement of Listvyanka on 23-30 July 2009. Workshop web site and registration: http://www.s-tur.com/geo/. Revised Invitation as a .pdf file and more information on the web. Paper guidelines and paper template.
FIG Annual Review 2008 is available on the web and as a hard copy. You can download it from here as a .pdf file (32 pages, 3.80 MB) from here. Hard copies have been sent to members together with the General Assembly minutes. Further copies can be ordered from the FIG Office, email: fig@fig.net.
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The FIG Working Week 2009 took place in Eilat, Israel from 3rd to 8th of May 2009. The theme of this year’s conference was “Surveyors’ Key Role in Accelerated Development” which is a hot topic worldwide but especially in Israel that is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. The conference gathered more than 500 delegates – with exhibitors and accompanying persons about 650 participants from 65 countries to Eilat, the southernmost edge of Israel at the Red Sea. Among participants 60 students and more than 50 accompanying persons. The technical programme included almost 250 presentations in about 60 technical sessions and workshops. The conference was hosted jointly by the Association of Licensed Surveyors in Israel, ALSI and FIG in co-operation with the Survey of Israel. Read more...
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  • FIG General Assembly 2009 - Minutes

The minutes of the FIG General Assembly 2009 are available on the FIG web site. You can download the minutes without appendices as a pdf-file: www.fig.net/admin/ga/2009/ga_minutes.pdf (18 pages) and the full set of the minutes (with all those appendices that were not circulated with the agenda papers) as a .pdf-file at: www.fig.net/admin/ga/2009/ga_minutes.pdf (103 pages - 15.5 MB). The FIG Office has circulated a hard copy of the minutes to all FIG members. The hard copy version of the minutes (30 pages – 2.5 MB) can also be downloaded from the web at: www.fig.net/admin/ga/2009/ga_minutes_ma.pdf.

Click picture for bigger format. President Stig Enemark attended Geo-Siberia 2009, the Fifth International Exhibition and Scientific Congress, Novosibirsk, 20-24 April 2009 – invited by Alexander Karpik, Rector of the Siberian State Academy of Geodesy being the organiser of the conference.

The Geo-Siberia 2009 attracted about 1,500 participants from about 130 organisations and companies and from 15 foreign countries. Read more...

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Meeting with the ISK Council.

FIG President Stig Enemark attended the 22nd session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council Meeting in Nairobi 30 March - 3 April 2009 and the meeting of the International Advisory Board the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) 4 April 2009 at the UN-HABITAT Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

Following the Governing Council meeting President Enemark also attended the meeting of the GLTN International Advisory Board (IAB), where FIG represents the international professional bodies. Read more...

  • JB-GIS Best Practices Booklet on Geo-information for Risk and Disaster Management - Call for abstracts

The Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JB-GIS, http://www.fig.net/jbgis/) and UN-SPIDER jointly invite you to contribute to a “Best Practices Booklet on Geo-information for Risk and Disaster Management” that will create a decision support forum based on the knowledge and experience of experts, and outline the potential uses of the Geo-Information Technologies to governmental, institutional and operative decision makers. The Booklet is intended to cover all regions of the world and all phases of the disaster management cycle. The abstracts should not exceed 400 words and should outline a successful application, including data acquisition, information extraction and dissemination, and a clear statement of the benefits and further potential of the practice described as compared to classical methods. The deadline for submitting the abstracts has passed 30 April 2009 and the deadline for submission of the selected full papers is 30 September 2009. Publication and worldwide announcement of the “Best Practices Booklet” is planned for 2 July 2010 in Vienna at UN-SPIDER. Please submit the abstracts to Prof. Piero Boccardo (piero.boccardo (at) polito.it). Read more...

  • Integrating Land Management, Cadastre and Geodesy in the CIS Countries - International Seminar for CIS Countries, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation, 20 April 2009
 
FIG and the Siberian State Academy of Geodesy (SSGA) Siberian State Academy of Geodesy (SSGA) together with the Federal Agency of Geodesy and Cartography (Roskartographia) and the Federal Real Estate Cadastre Agency (Rosnedvizhimost) organised an International Seminar on "Integrating Land Management, Cadastre and Geodesy in the CIS Countries" as part of the 5th GeoSiberia 2009 in Novosibirsk, Russian Federation. Web site: www.geosiberia.sibfair.ru and Seminar programme as a .pdf file.
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The FIG - WB Conference "Land Governance in Support of the Millennium Development Goals: Responding to New Challenges" took place at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, 9-10 March 2009. The conference was organised by the International Federation of Surveyors and the World Bank. The general aim was to emphasise the important role of Land Governance in implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to show how FIG and the WB work in parallel in this regard.
The Conference was attended by about 200 invited international experts representing governments, UN agencies, development agencies, professionals, academia and private sector. Read more...

The FIG Foundation received 15 applications for grants and fellowships for 2009. The Board of Directors decided to give a grant to William Kalande from Kenya for his project "Development of a Cadastral Land Dispute Classification System Using Geographical Data Modeling". In addition two scholarships were given to authors from developing countries to present their peer review paper at the FIG Working Week 2009 in Eilat, Israel in May 2009. These scholarships were available for the first time in 2009. The FIG Foundation decided further to support the International Geodetic Students Meeting in Zürich, Switzerland. Next time the grants will be available for 2010, deadline for applications in late 2009.

Click picture for bigger format. FIG Commission 2 and the Austrian Society for Surveying and Geoinformation organised a workshop in Vienna. Main topics of this workshop were the "Recruitment of Students" and the "Marketing of Professional Surveying Education". 74 participants from 20 countries attended. Read more...
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Click picture for bigger format. President Stig Enemark visited the Map World Forum Conference as invited keynote speaker for the seminar on Land Administration in Hyderabad, India, 10-12 February 2009. During the conference President Enemark had the opportunity to discuss with key players in the surveying field in India, in order to invite the Institution of Surveyors, India to become a member of FIG and thereby join the international surveying community. The response to this was very positive and promising. Read more ...
Click picture for bigger format. The Expert Group Meeting on “Tools for Legal Integration and Provision of Environmental Improvements in Informal Settlements in Europe - Case Study: Albania and Greece” took place in Athens, 27-28 November 2008, at the headquarters of the Technical Chamber of Greece in Athens. The meeting was part of the Global Land Tool Network activities. Read more...
Click picture for bigger format. The FIG Council had a two-day meeting at the FIG Office in Copenhagen, 6-7 February 2009. This was the first meeting for the new Vice Presidents Teo CheeHai and Iain Greenway, whose four-year term of office started in January. The Council used the meeting to discuss all issues related to the FIG General Assembly to be held in Eilat, Israel during the FIG Working Week, 3-8 May 2009. Other issues included future FIG events and other activities that the Council will implement during its remaining term of office 2009-2010. A special focus was given to discussion on FIG finance issues and also in development of the FIG administration. Read more ...
Click picture for bigger format. The 2009 Workshop and Annual Meeting of FIG Commission 3 on “Spatial Information for Management of Sustainable Urban Areas” took place in Mainz, Germany, from 2nd to 4th February 2009. The technical program included the opening session, 9 technical sessions, and the closing session; in total 55 papers were presented. In total 73 participants had registered to the workshop coming from 24 countries. Read more...

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FIG Director visited Israel 5-9 January 2009 to prepare the FIG Working Week 2009 and to meet with the representatives of the Associations of Licensed Surveyors in Israel, ALSI, and Survey of Israel to settle the remaining open issues related to the conference. The FIG Working Week 2009 will be held at Dan Eilat Hotel and Herods Hotel in Eilat at the on the southernmost edge of Israel from 3rd to 8th May 2009. Read more...


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