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  • Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors the Fifth Annual General Meeting,           
    4 October 2013

    The meeting was organized on 4 October 2013 at Survey Department (SD) Geodetic Hall. Members of NICS and other dignitaries, including Nagendra Jha- Director General of Survey Department, Rabin Kaji Sharma, Former Director General of Survey Department and President of Nepal RS and Photo-grammetric Society (NRSPS), Saroj Chalise- General Secretary of Nepal Surveyors Association (NSA), Kalyan Gopal Shrestha- Executive Director of Land Management Training Center (LMTC), Hridaya Narayan Mishra- Deputy Director General of SD and other Survey Department Officers were present at the function.

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  • Netherlands Center for Geodesy and Geo-informatics (NCG),
    former the Netherlands Geodetic Commission, from 1 January 2014

    From 1 January 2014 on the Netherlands Geodetic Commission (NCG) continues her work with the name Netherlands Center for Geodesy and Geo-informatics (NCG). Within the NCG representatives of science and practice are consulting about transfer and development of knowledge and research on geodesy and geo-informatics.

    The reason for this step is the decision of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) that from 1 January 2014 the NCG on is not anymore a part of her organisation. To continue the work of the NCG independently the Foundation Netherlands Center for Geodesy and Geo-informatics (stichting Nederlands Centrum voor Geodesie en Geo-informatica) will be founded.

    Within the NCG about 80 scientists and representatives from practice are working together. Organisations as the Delft University of Technology, the University of Twente, Wageningen University, Utrecht University, Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands' Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the Hydrographic Service of the Royal Netherlands Navy, TNO, Netherlands Space Office, GeoBusiness Nederland and Geonovum are working together.

    New address from 1 January 2014
    Barchman Wuytierslaan 10, 3818 LH Amersfoort,
    The Netherlands.
    Postal address: P.O. Box 508, 3800 AM Amersfoort,
    The Netherlands.
    E-mail: info@ncgeo.nl
    Website: www.ncgeo.nl
    Tel.: 31 (0)6 229 927 58

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  • German Initiative on recruitment of Students in Geodesy and Surveying

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Many countries experience that young people have a lack of knowledge in the field of Surveying and Geodesy and face a decrease in the number of student. A German initiative by DVW has resulted in a web site which is now also published in English. The web site gives a broad overview about Geodesy and its diverse disciplines. Furthermore it provides rich information regarding the study courses (focused on Germany). Have a look at the web site and be inspired how you could also promote the profession in your country. August 2012

  • New general director at the National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration Romania (ANCPI)

Mr. Marius Arthur URSU has been apppinted new general director at the National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration (ANCPI). June 2012

  • The Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure were endorsed by the 38th (Special) Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).

    The Committee:

    • Expressed its gratitude to the Chair of the OEWG, its Members and Participants, as well as the Secretariat, for the successful conclusions of the negotiations, which had been conducted in a transparent and participatory way and in a spirit of understanding;
    • Endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines;
    • Noted that, according to their title, the Guidelines are voluntary and are not legally binding.
    • Encouraged all stakeholders to promote, make use of and support the implementation of the Guidelines when formulating strategies, policies and programmes on food security, nutrition, agriculture and the tenure of land, fisheries and forests;
    • Pursuant to CFS Reform document (CFS:2009/2 Rev.2), paragraph 21, and CFS Rules of Procedure (CFS:2011/9 Rev.1), rule X(1), decided to transmit the Guidelines to the governing bodies of FAO, WFP and IFAD;
    • Pursuant to CFS Reform document (CFS:2009/2 Rev.2), paragraph 21, and CFS Rules of Procedure (CFS:2011/9 Rev.1), rule X(4), decided to request the United Nations General Assembly, through the Economic and Social Council, to further endorse the VGGT and ensure their wide dissemination to all relevant UN Bodies and Agencies;
    • Requested FAO to ensure that the Guidelines are included as a priority in the new Strategic Framework that FAO is developing and in relevant work programmes.

    August 2012


  • FIG Congratulates The Bureau of Land Management, USA with their 200 year anniversary

The Bureau of Land Management, USA, who is Affiliate member of FIG commemorated 200 years of the General Land Office, its predecessor, on 25th April 2012. The General Land Office was first established on April 25, 1812. The commemoration was held at BLM's Eastern States Office outside Washington DC. FIG was represented by Chair of FIG Foundation John Hohol and FIG President CheeHai Teo together with BLM's Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Don Buhler.

May 2012

  • Real Estate Valuation Training Nepal

    Seven weeks 'Real Estate Valuation Training' programme was conducted by Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (NICS), who is a FIG Member Association, in collaboration with Purwanchal University Geomatic Institute of Technology from 14 March to 30 April 2012. Read more...

  • Global Land Tool Network, Partners’ Meeting 15 -16 November 2011 Nairobi, Kenya organised by UNHABITAT and GLTN

    The Partners of the Global Land Tool Network met in Nairobi during November 2011 to fulfil a commitment
    to convene a Partner’s Meeting every two years. The meeting aimed to further strengthen partnerships
    towards sustaining the paradigm shift in the development and implementation of pro-poor land tools and
    approaches, and the adoption of alternative land tenure and land management systems to improve tenure
    security within the land governance framework. This was the fourth such meeting.

  • Special Stamps to commemorate the Struve Meridian Arc

Finnish stamps on Struve Arc.

FIG Permanent Institution on History has worked to promote the positive image of the surveying profession and has introduced the Struve Meridian Arc at the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The Struve Arc has now been introduced on special stamps in both Finland, Sweden and Latvia.
The Swedish stamp is showing a portrait of W. Struve and theodolite. The Latvian stamp is also covered with a portrait of Struve and theodolite with triangulation of Latvia and market stone. The Finish stamp is shown above.

In Estonia, the Observatory of Tartu (central point of the struve Meridian Arc) has been restored and officially opened by the President of Estonia on 27 April 2011. Together with surveyors from many countries, FIG was represented by Jan de Graeve, President of the IIHSM. Read more about Struve Meridian Arc in FIG Publication no 50

15 June 2011

  • 2nd CROPOS Conference held in Zagreb, Croatia 8 April 2011
Click picture for bigger format The 2nd CROPOS Conference was held on 8 April 2011 in Croatia organized by State Geodetic Administration and the Faculty of Geodesy of the University of Zagreb, in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Licensed Geodetic Engineers and Croatian Geodetic Society. The objective of this Conference was to familiarize the geodetic and wider public with the implementation of the new, official geodetic datum and plane cartographic projections of the Republic of Croatia as well as with the introduction and application of the T7D unique transformation model that was launched in official use on 31 March 2011, upon the decision by the Director-General. There were many international invited lecturers and interesting presentations.
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  • A World Bank publication on land rights recognition
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The World Bank has published a book on Innovations in Land Rights Recognition, Administration, and Governance in the World Bank Studies series. The publication is an out come from the FIG/World Bank conference that was held in March 2009. The conference is also covered in the FIG publication no. 45: Land Governance in Support of The Millennium Development Goals - A New Agenda for Land Professionals. http://www.fig.net/pub/figpub/pub45/figpub45.htm
Editors of the World Bank publication Innovations in Land Rights Recognition, Administration, and Governance are Klaus Deininger (World Bank), Clarissa Augustinus (UN-Habitat), Stig Enemark (FIG) and Paul Munro-Faure (FAO).
The publication is based on an on-going partnership between the World Bank, FIG, the Global Land Tool Network and FAO which provides tools that can help to address land governance in practice and at scale. The WB hopes that this publication will increase awareness of and support to the successful implementation of innovative approaches. The papers were all presented at the World Bank’s Annual Conference on Land Policy and Administration in 2009 that was organised jointly by the WB and FIG.
The book is available now in paperback e.g. from Amazon. To read more have a look at: http://www.amazon.com/Innovations-Recognition-Administration-Governance-Studies/dp/0821385801#_ or at the World Bank e-library at : http://elibrary.worldbank.org/content/book/9780821385807.
ISBN: 9780821385807. 380 pages

  • Whole Brunei is now available on 3-D map

The entire sultanate of Brunei Darussalam can now be seen in 3-D. The implementation of this project was revealed in December 2010 by the Ministry of Development that through the Brunei Survey Department has successfully completed one of the National Development Plan (2007-2012) projects that involves aerial surveys i.e. a 3-Dimensional Digital Terrain Model (DEM). Using the most accurate laser scanning technology known as LiDAR, the project began in 2009. Data measured on the ground is at every one-metre distance apart (exceeding six billion measurements for the whole country) with 15 cm accuracy (horizontal and vertical) in areas including forest areas, where tree heights can also be estimated by using the information of the top of the canopy and the ground elevation. This endeavour has made Brunei among the best mapped countries in the world by providing highly valuable, and positive impact on its natural resource management, flood mitigation, climate change, forest conservation programme and improved urban and rural development.
According to Haji Mohammed Jamil bin Haji Mohammed Ali, the Surveyor General, the Survey Department has plans to provide the data through the Web Geoportal. According to him, among the challenges would be marketing the product to stakeholders and interested local companies.

  • First Annual National Conference of Ethiopian Surveying Professionals Association (ESPA) held 18 September 2010
Click picture for bigger format. The First Annual National Conference of Ethiopian Surveying Professionals Association (ESPA) was held at the Ethiopian Mapping Agency 18 September 2010. The conference attracted several hundred participants from all over the country. It was the most historic moment and important event in the ESPA’s activities and surveyors of Ethiopia as a whole. Participants represented national government and non-governmental organizations in surveying disciplines, representatives of stake holder organizations, and ESPA’s regional representatives.

The meet was organized by leaders of the association and active participation and support of members and sponsors such as the Ethiopian Mapping Agency. The agenda included the annual report and strategic plan. In addition that FIG Profile was presented. ESPA is very proud of being accepted as a member of FIG since the establishment of the association.
The meeting was chaired by the Vice President and the annual report by the Honorary Secretary because President Dr. Tilahun Irdino was unable to participate because of his illness.
The presentations and discussion were instrumental and informative. The meeting costs were raised from registration fees, supplemented by income from sponsor organizations. Contact espa@gmail.com

  • Joint WB/FIG/GLTN/FAO publication on Innovations in Land Rights Recognition, Administration and Governance
The World Bank has published a joint WB/FIG/GLTN/FAO publication on “Innovations in Land Rights Recognition, Administration and Governance”. This publication is based on papers presented mainly at the joint FIG/WB conference on  “Land Governance in Support of the Millennium Development Goals: Responding to New Challenges” that was held in Washington DC, USA 9-10 March 2009.

Joint WB/FIG/UNHABITAT/FAO publication on Innovations in Land Rights Recognition, Administration and Governance. Joint Discussion Paper published by The World Bank, GLTN, FIG and FAO. Edited by Klaus Deininger, Stig Enemark, Clarissa Augustinus and Paul Munro-Faure. Proceedings from the Annual Conference on Land Policy and Administration. Joint Organizational Discussion Paper—Issue 2. April 2010. Available on web at http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTARD/Resources/335807-1174581646324/InnovLandRightsRecog.pdf (8.41 MB - 251 pages)

Kosovo has got its Business Plan for 2009-2014 which provides concrete actions for development of the Kosovo Cadastre Agency and the cadastre sector in Kosovo. The preparation of the Business Plan is financed by the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, the World Bank and GTZ / Germany. The Business Plan will be submitted to the Government for approval. The success of the land administration reform will depend on donor coordination and their timely coordinated decisions regarding funding of the different parts of the reform. Read the business plan.

  • Comprehensive book on Land Administration for Sustainable Development from FIG experts published by ESRI

Stig Enemark, Iain Williamson and Abbas Rajabifard hand over the book to Paul Chung, Director of the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD) (2nd from right) at the UNRCC-AP conference  in Bangkok in October 2009.

Prof. Iain Williamson, Prof. Stig Enemark, Ms. Jude Wallace and Dr. Abbas Rajabifard - all active and well-known in FIG - have made a comprehensive book on land administration from several aspects from today’s perspective. Their book Land Administration for Sustainable Development examines global land administration systems at different levels of maturity. The book explains how countries can establish the basic infrastructure for implementation of land-related policies and land management strategies to ensure the vision of social equality, economic development, social justice, environmental protection, and good governance. Through its presentation of a holistic view of land management for sustainable development, this book outlines basic principles of land administration applicable to all countries and their divergent needs. The book is written for professionals looking for comprehensive overview of modern land administration strategies, including politicians, senior government officials, students, and land administrators.

ISBN: 9781589480414, ESRI Press, 2009. 512 pages, recommended price: USD 49.95.
Note: no royalties to the authors.

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  • FIG Honorary President Holger Magel, President of the Bavarian Academy of Rural Areas celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Academy 17 June 2008 – Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Günther Beckstein acknowledged the competence of the Bayerische Akademie Ländlicher Raum)

Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Günther Beckstein, in his speech on the occasion of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Bavarian Academy for Rural Areas, appreciated the high professional competence of the Academy and its members. In the words of the Prime Minister: “The academy transmits important messages and ideas for the attainment of equalitarian quality of life in all regions of Bavaria”. The Bavarian State Government and the Academy agree on the need of a durable and reliable inclusion of all regions outside the biggest urban agglomerations and on the importance of their lasting promotion. The academy, presided by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Magel has achieved a great reputation far beyond the limits of the Bavarian State within the 20 years of its existence.

A high appreciation for the impacts of the Bavarian Academy for Rural Areas and its nationwide role as pioneer and mentor was expressed by the Chairman of the Academy for Rural Areas of the State Schleswig-Holstein Former State Secretary Rüdiger von Plüskow in his welcome speech.

Prof. Christiane Thalgott, President of the German Academy for City and Regional Planning (Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung) delivered her welcome speech from the point of view of the principle of partnership between rural and urban areas; in other words, not pointing towards the identification of the contrasts between town and country, but to the recognition of the respective identities and individualities which may foster cooperation among them.

In the context of the ceremony, the scientific board of the Bavarian academy, in presence of Prime Minister Dr. Beckstein, awarded eight young scientists who have dealt with current topics of the rural areas in an innovative way, with a prize for their outstanding work.

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Dr. Günther Beckstein and Prof. Holger Magel.

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Prize Winners together with Dr. Günther Beckstein and Prof. Holger Magel.

  • Workshop on 3D cadastre in Nepal - 3 May 2005

Cadastral Survey Branch, Survey Department, Nepal had organized a successful one day discussion programme on the topic ‘implementing 3D cadastre in Nepal’ at Survey Department Hall, Minbhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal on 3 May 2005. Thirty five participants from 10 related Government Organizations were participated on that programme. The participants were mainly senior level executives and policy makers from different organizations. Different organizations are involving in Nepal for the data acquisition, data maintenance and data dissemination about 3D cadastre. The intension of the programme was to raise awareness to the different organizations for implementing 3D cadastre to secure the ownership and facilitate the real estate market.

The history of land recording in Nepal was started from one dimension (i.e. keeping the record only) and now the registration of two dimensions (i.e. measuring the length and breadth of the parcel and calculating area) is in practice. Basically, the legal boundaries of parcels used for the registration of the legal status are fixed in 2D space. Due to the high population growth and growing interest in using space under and above the surface (particularly in the urban areas) there is a need of registration of vertical dimension of the legal status of real estate objects. To be able to define and manage the juridical situation satisfactory, 3D information are becoming indispensable for land administration in Nepal.

  • France: Chartered Surveyors Mobilized around a National Objective: The Creation of a GPS Network of the Territory by the End of 2005

The French Order of Chartered Surveyors (Ordre des Géomètres Experts )has set itself the objective, by the end of 2005, of setting up a GNSS (“Global Navigation Satellite System”) network over the national territory, integrated with satellite geo-referencing, which will allow any user to position himself in real time with an accuracy down to the inch, anywhere within the territory, at any time. Already, 500 chartered surveyors, one third of the profession, are supporting the rollout of the network—the most substantial ever carried out in the world at a single time. The chartered surveyors intend to share this network in order to respond to the needs of other potential users: in local governments, in agriculture, public works contractors, network administrators, vehicle fleets, for housing stock, emergency preparedness, cartography institutes, research and universities.

  • The European Commission and the United States agreed on GPS/Galileo co-operation in Brussels in February 2004

The United States and the European Commission, joined by the European Union Member States, held a successful round of negotiations on GPS/Galileo co-operation in Brussels on 24-25 February 2004. The delegations built upon progress made in The Hague and in Washington and were able to reach agreement on most of the overall principles of GPS/Galileo cooperation, including,

  • Adoption of a common baseline signal structure for their respective open services
  • Confirmation of a suitable baseline signal structure for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS)
  • A process allowing optimization, either jointly or individually, of the baseline signal structures in order to further improve performances
  • Confirmation of interoperable time and geodesy standards to facilitate the joint use of GPS and Galileo
  • Non-discrimination in trade in satellite navigation goods and services
  • Commitment to preserve national security capabilities
  • Agreement not to restrict use of or access to respective open services by end-users
  • Agreement to jointly finalize associated documents after which the agreement will be presented for signature

The delegations will continue to work diligently to resolve the few remaining outstanding issues which concern primarily some legal and procedural aspects.

  • The Netherlands Society of Geodesy merged into the new society Geo-Information Netherlands, GIN

The Geo-Information Netherlands, GIN was established late last year and has started under the new structure in January 2004. The new association is the result of a fusion of in total eight former societies of landsurveyors, catographers, remote sensing and photogrammetrists and others.

On October 23, 2003 the landscape of geo-related societies in the Netherlands changed considerable. Eight societies, among which the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Geodesie (the Netherlands Society of Geodesy), merged into the new society Geo-Informatie Nederland (Geo-Information Netherlands, GIN). The total amount of members is about 4,000 including 150 institutional members and about 800 academic members. The association is split up into five sections:

  • Landsurveying and Geodesy
  • Earth Observation
  • Cartography and Geo-visualisation
  • Real Estate and Landinformation
  • Geo-ICT

Every section has a president and is member of the general board.

The new society Geo-Information Netherlands inherited all rights and obligations of the merged societies including the membership of FIG. Members of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Geodesie (the Netherlands Society of Geodesy) are automatical members of GIN. The President of GIN is Leen Murre, Secretary is Wilbert Wouters (ir. W.J.C. Wouters) and the new treasurer is Maarten Bomers (ir. M.P.H. Bomers). The total number of general board members is 11 persons.

Contact information:

Geo-Information Netherlands 
P.O. Box 57,
NL-5753 CW Deurne,
The Netherlands
Tel. + 31 493 328 628
Fax + 31 493 328 601
E-mail: leen.murre@gbkn.nl 

  • UNHCR and UN-Habitat sign a Memorandum of Understanding - Closing the gap between relief, reconstruction and development efforts in post-conflict and post-disaster area

The High Commissioner, Mr. Ruud Lubbers, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under Secretary-General, signed in the Geneva Headquarters of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees December 17, 2003 an operational Memorandum of Understanding opening the opportunity for operational linkages between the mandates of both organisations.

The significance of this agreement lies in the collaboration between an agency mandated to address the emergency and humanitarian obligations of the High Commission, and the developmental and longer term mandate of the Human Settlements Programme, with a view to ensuring "...systematic, predictable cooperation between the two organisations while building on the recognized expertise... of each organisation." Specific areas of collaboration will include among others: shelter solutions for refugees and returnees; settlement planning and management; land and property rights, restitution, and administration; infrastructure planning and development; and capacity building of local and national authorities.

The objective of this collaboration however, is to ensure that one end of the bridge spanning the gap between relief and development rests within the emergency humanitarian activities of UNHCR, and the other well into the longer term sustainable human settlements development activities typically undertaken by UN-HABITAT.

  • The longest map of the world ?

In 2004 the Netherlands Committee for Geodesy will celebrate its 125th birthday. To draw some publicity to this occasion the Netherlands Kadaster decided to produce a cadastral map 1:2000 of a 332 km. cross section of the seemless cadastral database of the Netherlands, thus resulting in a 166 m. long map. It is the longest map of the Netherlands and maybe of the world. A photograph of the map was selected news-photograph of the day by the largest press agency of the Netherlands. Pictures of the map ("langste kaart" in Dutch) and a flash-animation can be seen on the website of Kadaster, www.kadaster.nl.

  • "This is better than learning math" - Made to Measure

Alberta Land Surveyors and the Science Alberta Foundation have launched an educational math program that has kids saying, "this is better than learning math" and "this is fun!"

Made to Measure is one of the newest crates offered as part of Science Alberta's Science in a Crate program. The crates are a treasure trove of scientific activities designed to engage minds through hands-on learning. In the Made to Measure crate, grade eight students get to try their hand at seven activities commonly performed by Alberta Land Surveyors. In the "world survey" activity, students draw and interpret scale diagrams while in the "that was then, this is now" activity, students estimate areas using
photos and maps of property boundaries.

During the student testing of the crate, students were heard to say that doing the activities in the crate were better than doing math. They didn't realize they were learning about shapes and volumes.

The Made to Measure crate is based on the grade eight math curriculum and because the only cost to schools or libraries or community groups is a small handling charge, it is a great opportunity for those with limited budgets and resources.

The Made to Measure crate can be ordered by calling Science Alberta at + 1 403 220 0077 or visiting their website www.sciencealberta.org. Thanks to Science Alberta's supporters, users pay just $25 for a three-week booking, including shipping.

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