FIG Commission 4

University of New Brunswick - FIG Meeting on Marine Cadastre Issues

New: Proceedings now available

The Land and Coastal Studies Group, Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada in conjunction with Commission 4, Working Group 4.3 of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) is organizing a "Meeting on Marine Cadastre Issues" to be held at the Wu Centre, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada. You are cordially invited and encouraged to attend this event.

The meeting is planned for September 15-16, 2003 with possible pre-meeting event(s) on the 13th/14th. This is an excellent opportunity for international stakeholders and experts to share their perspectives, and to learn about international initiatives relating to this important subject (marine cadastre).

Registration instructions for presenters and other attendees may be obtained from Michael Sutherland (

Hotel Accommodations:

Arrangements have been made The Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.  Please call (1-866-444-1946) or email the hotel to make your own reservation.  Be sure to mention that you are attending the UNB-FIG Meeting on Marine Cadastre Issues when you call to make your reservation in order to receive the meeting rate (CDN$89.00/night). Any reservations made after August 21, 2003 cannot be guaranteed at the meeting rate and requests will be honored on a space available basis. All rates above are subject to tax. Please be sure to confirm the cancellation policy of the hotel at the time of your reservation.


Saturday, September 13, 2003
  Pre-meeting event: NB Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
Sunday, September 14, 2003
  Pre-meeting event: NB Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
Monday, September 15, 2003
09:00 Registration
09:30-10:30 Welcome address and guest speakers
John McLaughlin
, President, University of New Brunswick
Mark Doucette, Chair, Canadian Institute of Geomatics, NB Branch
Peter Dare, Chairman, Dept. of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
(for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)
Ian Methven, Terradigm and Centre for Property Studies
Michael Sutherland, Vice-Chair, FIG Commission 4
Sue Nichols, "Towards a Rights-based Approach for Ocean Governance"
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Country/Regional presentations (status/initiative)
Michael Sutherland
, Canada
Leland Thormahlen, United States of America
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Country/Regional presentations (status/initiative)
Abbas Rajabifard
, Australia
Mike Barry, The Netherlands
15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-16:30 Wrap-up discussions


Special Dinner at the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel

Tuesday, September 16, 2003
08:30 Registration
09:00-10:30 Presentations and discussions on conceptual issues
Abbas Rajabifard
, "Issues in Defining the Concept of a Marine Cadastre for Australia"
Sam Ng'ang'a, "Developing the Concept of a Marine Cadastre - Lessons from the Proposed Musquash MPA Case Study"
10:30-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:15 Presentations and discussions on institutional issues
Stephen Hartley
, "Marine Cadastre Issues: The role of the New Brunswick Land Surveyor"
Sam Ng'ang'a, "Some Technical Issues in a Marine Cadastre: Lessons from the Proposed Musquash MPA Case Study"
12:15-13:30 Lunch


Wrap-up discussions

The dates of the meeting is a good time to be in Fredericton as the dates overlap with the New Brunswick Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival (