FIG Commission 7
Work Plan 2003-2006
Original work plan in .pdf-format.
Cadastre and Land Management
Prof. Paul van der Molen, Chairperson of Commission 7
Terms of reference
Commission 7 deals with land administration ('the process of determining,
recording, and disseminating information about the ownership, value and use of
land when implementing land management policies', ref. UNECE Land Administration
Guidelines 1996). 'Ownership' should be seen as a broad concept of land tenure
within various jurisdictions (statutory, customary, informal etc.). 'Land'
includes constructions at subsurface level, ground level and above land level
(e.g. buildings). Furthermore Commission 7 deals with land management, that is
the implementation of land policy, by a wide range of land policy instruments
(e.g. land reform, land consolidation, land markets, land taxation, marine
resource management etc.).
In 'key words' Commission 7 deals with
- land tenure
- institutional context of land
- land law and land related laws
- land related public administration
- public and private roles in land administration
- land registration and land recording
- cadastres, land registers and cadastral maps
- cadastral surveying and mapping
- non parcel based land information systems
- informal settlements and formalization processes
- land related information management and business administration
- re-engineering and cadastral reform
- land policy and land policy instruments
- land markets, land use planning, land taxation
- land and marine resource management
- land reform and land redistribution
- land consolidation and urban land readjustment
- access to land by women and vulnerable groups
Commission 7 aims at
- providing a world wide forum for enhancing and exchanging the knowledge
and understanding about land administration and land management
- elaborating the role of land administration and land management for
- encouraging the development of appropriate concepts and tools for land
administration and land management with regard to the specific institutional
and operational context of developed and developing countries
- promoting awareness concerning the role of surveyors in this field amongst
- encouraging knowledge, skills and capabilities of surveyors in this field
- playing a leading role in advancing land administration and land
Relation with the Councils strategy and work plan
Commission 7 will contribute to the Councils strategy and its work plan.
Therefore the commission 7 work plan includes
- cooperation with other commissions or external organisations as much as
- work on programs for joint events and for working weeks, congresses
- publication of working results and lectures
- contribution to good practice reports
- stimulation of resolutions after each event and distribution through the
- regionalisation of events to increase participation of individual members
- providing member associations with tools for strengthening the profession
- Commission 7 will adequately contribute to the FIG working Weeks and
Congresses, as there are in 2003 (venue to be confirmed), Athens (23-28 May
2004), Cairo (7-12 May 2005) and Munich (2006)
Objectives of the commission 7 work plan
Reviewing the background of land administration and land management there are
many fields of interest for Commission 7. However we have to make a choice
through focusing on the most important issues, inspired by a document as the
UN/FIG Bathurst Declaration of Land Administration for Sustainable Development.
These important issues are:
Land administration and land management in customary and informal areas
- How to facilitate the implementation of land policy with a focus on
- How to support the formalisation of informal settlements
- Access to land by women and vulnerable groups
Land administration and land management in the marine environment
- How to support marine cadastres
- How to support coastal zone management
Land fragmentation, land restitution, and land re-distribution
- How can we contribute to solving land fragmentation and to improving land
Institutional Conditions as a critical success factor
- Which institutional context is beneficial for successful land
administration and land management activity
Efficiency and Effectiveness
- How can we measure land administration performance
Costs of land administration systems
- How can we provide low cost tools for land administration
Appropriate ICT support for modern land administration and land management
- How can we integrate advanced technology in land administration processes
- How to establish land administration spatial data infrastructures
- How to integrate 3D rights to land in land administration systems
- How to extent cadastres towards the marine areas
- Electronic conveyancing
- Land administration standards
Capacity Building for land administration and land management
- How can we contribute to capacity building and institutional building for
land administration and land management.
Commission 7 will address these issues in various activities, as there are
- working groups
- symposia and workshops
- delivering lectures, papers and reports
- providing a documentation center OICRF
- internal cooperation with other FIG Commissions
- external cooperation with other relevant organisations
- mixed forms
Commission 7 should put more effort in involving countries in Africa, Latin
America, Middle East and Asia in exchanging information on the introduction and
development of land administration systems and land management policies and in
providing a meeting place. Therefore Commission 7 should take the lead in
organising 3 regional conferences on land administration and land management
developments in the region. These meetings are especially meant for
professionals from the region. Not necessarily all Commission 7 members should
feel obliged to attend. Commission 7 should try to make participation-costs as
low as possible in order to encourage regional participation. Costs of meeting
places and simple meals should be provided by the host country.
Working Group 7.1 - Creating Land Administration in formal and
The terms of reference of working group 7.1 on land administration in a
formal and informal environment are as follows:
- identify how land administration can accommodate formal and informal
- identify when customary rights and informal possession should be
- identify land management requirements to land administration systems in a
formal and informal environment, with a focus on land use.
- contribute to access to land by women and vulnerable groups
- develop recommendations
- identify best practices
- contribute to regional conferences
||Mr. András Osskó
No specific projects.
The working group will be involved in the organisation of 3 regional
conferences on land administration and land management, preferably together with
Commission 8 (urban and rural land use planning and development, informal
settlements) and Commission 9 (valuation).
The working group aims at publishing the results of the regional conferences.
The working group aims at publishing recommendations on the subject.
The regional conferences are scheduled in 2003, 2004 and 2005 (preliminary).
There is a proposal for the Middle East (Jordan 2003).
Working Group 7.2 - Instruments for land distribution
The terms of reference of working group 7.2 are as follows.
- identify the problem of land distribution
- identify mechanisms to solve land fragmentation
- identify mechanisms for land restitution and land redistribution
- identify cheap and fast procedures
- take into account the role of women and vulnerable groups
- develop recommendations
- identify best practices
- organise 1 symposium on land fragmentation and land consolidation
||Mr. Mikko Uimonen
Secretary: Mr. Mika Törhönen (Finland), e-mail:
The working group will pay extra attention to land redistribution processes
in southern Africa (coordination by members of the Commission Mr. Apie van den
Berg (South Africa), e-mail:
and Mr. Sam Zhou (Zimbabwe), e-mail:
The working group will organise 1 symposium on combating land fragmentation
through land consolidation.
The working group will publish the results of the symposium. The working
group will publish recommendations on the subject.
- The symposium is tentatively scheduled at the Commission 7 Annual Meeting
- The extra attention to land redistribution processes will be paid during
the Commissions annual meeting in South Africa November 2002 (4-9 November
2002, to be confirmed).
Working Group 7.3 - Advances in Modern Land Administration
The terms of reference of working group 3 on modern land administration are
- identify the impact of advanced technology on land administration systems
- focus on electronic conveyancing and electronic submission of documents
- electronic signatures
- focus on internet as a distribution channel
- focus on standards (ISO as applied to 'cadastres')
- develop recommendations
- identify best practices
- organise 1 symposium on use of advanced technology
||Dr. Winfred Hawerk
- Mr. Daniel Steudler is investigating issues on benchmarking cadastral
systems. He is willing to aim at the publication of 1 report on land
- Messrs Daniel Steudler and Jürg Kaufmann are willing to elaborate the
Commission 7 country profile reports
- Jointly with Commission 3 there will be a special sub-group on 3D
Cadastres to follow up on a 3D Cadastre seminar in November 2001, and to
organize an other workshop to proceed the subject. The joint subgroup will be
chaired by Dr. H. D. Ploeger (Netherlands). The representative of Commission 3
will be Prof. Yerach Doytscher (Israel)
- 1 symposium on integrating advanced technology.
- 1 symposium and/or joint Congress session on low cost technology
jointly with Comm. 5
- 1 workshop on 3D Cadastres jointly with Commission 3
The working group will publish the results of the symposia. The working group
encourages the publication of benchmarking issues, and country profiles.
Web site to Sub-group on 3-D Cadastre is available at:
- The symposium on advanced technology is tentatively scheduled at the
Commissions Annual Meeting in 2003 (probably in Poland).
- The symposium on low cost technology will be coordinated with Commission 5
(probably in 2005)
- The workshop on 3D Cadastres will tentatively scheduled in late 2002, 2003
(jointly with Commission 3).
Advisors to the Commission
Regarding the subject of the Working Groups 7.1 and 7.2 the Commission
welcomes Dr Clarissa Fourie (South Africa) and Prof. Mike Barry (South Africa,
Canada) as advisors to the Commission.
Co-operation with other FIG Commissions and Sister Associations
It should be recognised that other FIG Commissions are involved in some of
the above mentioned issues, as there are:
Commission 1 (aspects of professional practice and public private
cooperation), Commission 2 (education, capacity building), Commission 3 (spatial
data infrastructures, information management, 3DCadastres), Commission 4 (marine
cadastres, coastal zone management), Commission 5 (low cost land surveying
technology), Commission 8 (land use planning and development), and Commission 9
(valuation). In support to the Council's wish for coordination and cooperation,
Commission 7 will seek cooperation with other FIG Commissions when relevant.
Co-operation with United Nations Agencies
Commission 7 aims at cooperation with UN agencies, as there are the
UN-Habitat, UN/FAO, UN/UNEP and UN/ECE/WPLA when relevant.
Cultures and Languages
The Commission endorses the underlying concept that respect for cultural and
linguistic issues very important and that the Commission will be sensitive to
these issues in the way they work. This will implemented by encouraging
multilingual abstracts and presentations in general meetings, and through the
use of an appropriate regional language during regional meetings.
Joint working groups
Commission 2 will take the lead in a joint working group (2.5) on
capacity building for land administration, aiming at 1 open conference and/or
executive workshop. The joint working group will publish the results. Prof.
Ulf Jensen (Sweden) will chair the joint working group. Commission 7 will be
represented by Prof. Tommy Österberg (Sweden), Mr. Arbind Tuladhar MSc (the
Netherlands) and Prof. Paul van der Molen (the Netherlands).
Commission 4 will take the lead in a joint working group on marine
cadastres (WG 4.3 - Administrating Marine Spaces), aiming at 1 symposium and
/or joint Congress session. The joint working group will publish the
results. Mr. Michael Sutherland (Canada) will chair the joint working group.
Commission 7 will be represented by Prof. Mike Barry (South Africa, Canada), Dr
Paul Munro-Faure (United Kingdom), ir. Ina Elema (Netherlands) and Prof. Ian
Williamson (Australia) as a liaison to UN.
Commission 5 will take the lead in a
joint working group on low
cost technology (WG5.4), as appropriate for developing countries, with a
focus on land administration, aiming at 1 symposium and/or congress session.
The joint working group will publish the results. Commission 7 will be
represented by Mrs Mabel Alvarez Lopez (Argentina), Mrs Gerda Schennach
Dipl.-Ing. (Austria), Mr Tim Viney (United Kingdom) and Mr Jacob Opadeyi
(Trinidad & Tobago).
Dipl.-Ing. Gerda Schennach (Austria) and Prof. Paul van der Molen (the
Netherlands) will represent Commission 7 in the FIG-Network for underrepresented
groups in surveying.
At the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) meeting in Addis Ababa
(Commission for Development of Information CODI II) (September 2001) the
participants recommended some kind of standing attention to land administration
At the UN/FIG meeting in Nairobi (October 2001) the participants recommended
the establishment of a subcommittee for land administration at ECA. FIG was
invited to provide support to the development of terms of reference for such a
committee. Commission 7 is prepared to draft such terms of reference.
Commission 7 will maintain a web site. The secretariat will provide the
Commission 7 shall develop efforts to keep in close contact with the
participants, mainly through e-mail.
Commission 7 will contribute to the FIG's activity for standardisation.
Working group 7.3 will be first in charge. Dr Winfried Hawerk will represent the
Commission in the FIG Standardisation Network.
Events co-sponsored by FIG
Commission 7 will contribute at the best of its ability to FIG sponsored
events. At the moment the Commission made a preliminary commitment to events in
Morocco (December 2003), Asia and the Pacific (2004) and Lithuania (possibly
2004). The contribution will focus on the identification of possible speakers
Events organised by FIG member associations
The Commission will contribute at the best of its ability to various events
that are organised by FIG-member associations. The Commission made preliminary
commitments to events in Turkey (GIS-2002, September 2002), Italy (2003) and
Poland (2003). The contribution of the Commission will focus on the
identification of possible speakers, and help in organisational matters.
Calendar of Events
- Commission 7 annual meeting (4-9 November 2002 dates to be confirmed ) +
symposium Land redistribution (South Africa)
- Contribution to GIS 2002 Symposium in Turkey, 23-26 September 2002
- Executive workshop Capacity Building
- Commission 7 annual meeting (19-23 September 2003 dates to be confirmed) +
Symposium on Advanced Technology (Poland)
- Regional Conference (probably Jordan, focus on Middle East)
- Contribution to Conference Italy (May 2003)
- Contribution to Conference Poland (Krakow) (September 2003)
- Contribution to FIG sponsored event Morocco
- Commission 7 annual meeting + Symposium Land Fragmentation, September,
- Regional Conference
- Contribution to FIG sponsored event in Asia and the Pacific
- Contribution to FIG sponsored event Lithuania
- Commission 7 annual meeting + Symposium Low cost technology.
- Regional Conference
- Contribution to FIG sponsored events (to be decided)
20 August 2002