FIG Commission 8
The activities of Commission 8 in the years 2011–2014
have involved all levels of physical planning, which enable
environmentally sustainable development to occur. There have
been four Working Groups:
- WG Group 8.1 – Planning Strategy for Urban Development
- WG 8.2 – Informal Settlements Issues in Spatial Development
Planning and Governance;
- WG 8.3 – Re-engineering of Mega Cities
- WG 8.4 – Land Policies; Land Use Planning Control and
Regarding Spatial Planning, Commission 8 continued to assist in
building the capacity of knowledge and skills via case studies,
workshops, collaboration and consultation; Contributing to
environmentally sustainable development; and Humans Living conditions in
a changing globalised world. At the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur
the commission was involved in 19 technical sessions and 100 papers.
Emerging issues for the commission are Rural Urban Migration and the
Impact on Rural Economy and Urban economy; Rapid Urbanization where
urban policies are needed; Infrastructure is overwhelmed – Water,
Sewers, waste water, solid waste, liquid waste, energy, food security in
both urban and rural, conflict over resources; and the role of PPP in
meeting these pressing needs.
Working Group 8.1 - Planning Strategy for Urban Development and
- Planning urban development and renewal and their economic and social
- The role of partnerships and urbanization process is a role for
surveyors in moving towards sustainability in urban development/community
living for people and places.
Working Group 8.2 - Informal Settlements Issues in Spatial
Development Planning and Governance
- Commission 8 contributions to the attainment of Millennium Development
Goals, all of which have been set to be substantially realized by 2015.
Evaluate progress thus far and suggest ways to improve the policies, laws,
systems and procedures for their execution
- to investigate initiatives that deliver land for housing and associated
financial mechanisms that enable peoples’ settlements upgrading through
participatory approaches to planning and development.
Provisional Terms of Reference
- Build negotiation mechanisms with Traditional Leaders to enable the
expansion of urban areas onto customary owned land by identifying ways in
which Customary ownership could be realistically converted to release land
for formalised housing, (in collaboration with Commission 7).
- Explore rapid, new approaches to forward planning and upgrading
initiatives that provide places for the poor by partnering with sister
organisations of like minds.
- Deliver environmental sustainable house plots by working with
partnership forums to find ways to upgrade infrastructure achieving this by
addressing both physical and financial mechanisms.
Working Group 8.3 - Re-engineering Mega Cities
- To provide opportunities for surveyors to play a key role in solving
problems and implementing infrastructure in environmentally sustainable
projects/developments in mega cities (large sprawling habitats with two
distinct types being economically wealthy and dramatically poor).
Working Group 8.4 - Land Policies; Land Use Planning Control and
To increase Surveyors‘ contribution to formulation and implementation of land
policies in the world in general and in Africa in particular; land use
planning and better integrate surveyors expertise in implementation of these
policies, plans, implementation processes and agreements and real estate
To increase surveyors’ and planners’ awareness on sustainable planning and
implementation of plans based on modern knowledge, technical solutions,
rules and legislation, traditions, equity and development and implementation
processes in different countries.
Mr. Ibrahim Mwathane,