FIG Commission 8
Commission Chair 2003-2006
As I complete my tenure, I am pleased to hand over a
Commission that has greater geographical diversity in the active
member base, together with a good solid foundation plan for
further initiatives proposed over the next term.
Diane Dumashie, United Kingdom
During the period to 2003, the commission membership has been
subject to political, business and social changes which has
disrupted and constrained the progress of the commission activities.
Consequently activities at the start of this work plan progressed in
a haphazard way without clear leadership or direction, but this
positively changed with the election of Dr Diane Dumashie as
chairman in 2004.
From this date Commission 8 consolidated and built upon the small
body of committed active members and focused in the remaining years on
collaboration and connectivity. Fundamental to collaboration and
connectivity is communication - seeking to increase communication
between existing members and raising the profile of the commission by
promoting networking opportunities.
The highlights of the term include:
- Building Bridges with African Region members, such as exploring
opportunities with Institute of Kenyan Surveyors to hold a seminar
in East African Region during the next term (subject to funding).
- Compiling a CD “Handing over the Baton”, detailing this Terms
- Collaborating and submitting papers from Comm 8 delegates to the
ISK journal for publication.
- Building for the future involvement of young
professionals, by enabling four Post Graduate students to attend and
present top class papers by assisting with registration fees.
Working Group 8.1 - Urban Regeneration
The working group started its work after the Melbourne Congress in 1994. It
deals with inner-city problems and regeneration of established urban areas. The
aim of the group is to observe the different projects on a 12-years time to
examine the projects in such a way to determine whether the methods or
instruments used present are successful and applicable way for other projects in
Working Group 8.2 - PPP - Public Private Partnership
In the last years PPP has become more and more important in the planning and
development of projects in city-areas and land-projects. The aim is to combine
the strength of the instruments of the public-part and the private part/money
that comes from the private partners.
Commission 8 has already paid a lot of attention to this topic in the last 4
years. Many papers were about this topic. Spoken is e.g. about PPP-project in
Germany and the Netherlands. Also has been spoken about instruments as the
Neighbourhood-Development-Corporation in Rotterdam and the NC-Enschede, as
instruments to help declined areas.
The commission will:
- collect ideas and build up a network for the exchange of ideas,
- work closely with other commissions on this topic,
- try to organise an workshop on this topic or will co-operate in workshops
held on this topic,
- form and agree a collaborative working group including professionals and
Prof. Kari I. Leväinen (Finland)
Working Group 8.3 - Global Urbanisation Process in Large Cities
- Global urbanisation problems and processes
- Special problems of informal settlements in large cities
- Relationship between land allocation and development economics applied to
temporary housing settlements
- Coastal and environmental pressures and solutions.
Diane Dumashie (United Kingdom)
Working Group 8.4 - Disaster Management – Preventing
Environmental Catastrophes by Spatial Planning and Land Management
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Theo Kötter (Germany)