FIG Commission 8
Commission Chair 2007-2010
2009 has been an active and collaborative year for
Commission 8. During this report period the Commission has made
significant strides to address land development and spatial
planning issues confronting our profession both at the strategic
level but also supporting the individual surveyor at the local
level. We have achieved this by having a parallel emphasis on
delivering technical platforms for our commission
Dr. Diane Dumashie, United Kingdom
delegates in the member countries that we have visited and by
championing poverty alleviation at the strategic global level.
The big global challenges have each been addressed by the Commission over
the last year. Reflecting thoughts that the economic and spatial surveyors
role contributes towards social justice, economic growth and environmental
sustainability, demonstrated by our activities covering the themes:
Partnerships between People
Facilitating social partnerships at strategic level, i.e. the global
commons is likely to be an increasing emphasis for the coming generations as
new ways to organise society are found. Over the past 12 months, the
commission’s debates regularly highlights that Land Professionals do have
the technical capacity to manage the emerging problems of the day, with
solutions likely to be based through partnership.
Commission 8 activities demonstrably highlights that it is the surveyor
responsibility to overcome the politics of resources; but also the politics
of people. Surveyors as change agents can inform governance decision makers
of the technical merits of a proposed way forward, but we also understand
and communicate the balance of people’s agendas.
Given the increasing pressure of protecting our environment the
contribution and focus arising from people and planning for environmental
adaptations, as a multi-stage process, has enabled us to deliver strong
technical sessions, underscored by the technical session here in Sydney. The
message is clear that with so many instances of inefficient use of land and
other resources, there is a need for action to change policy. Commission 8
emerging work in planning for energy resource and land gives an opportunity
to take this forward into the next FIG term.
Land governance problems are clearly located at the intersection of the
century’s greatest development challenges, Urbanisation and Climate change.
These issues and how they relate to People and Places are central issues for
Commission 8. The discussions have often centred around economic development
and spatial planning in a range of forums covering infrastructure, climate
and disaster risk associated with urbanisation and informal settlements. In
particular, a key component of the special session on SIDS to be held during
the congress in Sydney, was coordinated by Commission 8 with significant
help from delegates and member association in Fiji, New Zealand and
Finally, it is a great pleasure that Mr. Wafula Nabutola (Kenya) is
appointed Chair Elect. He will be taking up the Chairman’s role wef January
2011. A debate will progress the formation of new working groups in the
Commission meeting at the Sydney Congress on Sunday 11th April 2010.