FIG Commission 7

Term 2011-2014

Highlights Commission Chair 2011-2014

Commission 7 has been very active during this term thanks to the involvement of the management team, the Commission 7 delegates and speakers from International organizations which deserves a big thank for their great achievements, for their generosity, for the activities organized and for high quality papers

Click picture for bigger format. Mr. Daniel Roberge

presented and sessions organized in FIG working weeks and congress, annual meetings, international symposiums, workshops, etc.

The mission of Commission 7 is to: 

  • To provide a forum for enhancing and exchanging knowledge about cadastre, land administration and land management world wide;
  • To encourage the development of pro poor land management and land administration; 
  • To promote the importance of development of sustainable land administration as infrastructure for sustainable development to underpin economic growth; 
  • To promote the application of innovative and advanced technology in cadastre and land administration;
  • To promote awareness of the role of surveyors in land administration matters to the public and among stake holders.

For the period 2011-2014, FIG Commission 7 has prioritized the following actions: 

  • promoting land rights infrastructures and good land governance to contribute to sustainable development;
  • developing a better preparedness and response to natural disaster and climate change;
  • developing a better cooperation between land surveyors aiming to develop the capacity and governance in land administration;
  • developing cadastral perspectives;
  • investigating direct involvement of citizens into e-land administration processes;
  • co-operating with international organizations in land tenure issues.

Another objective of the Commission 7 team was to organize its annual meetings in regions less represented within FIG and on the commission. This objective has been fulfilled by organizing, after the first one in Austria, an annual meeting in South America (San Luis, Argentina) in 2012, Africa (Yaoundé, Cameroon) in 2013 and North America (Québec, Canada) in 2014.

The annual meeting 2011 was held in September in Innsbruck, Austria and was attended by more than 30 delegates from all over the world. This very successful one week meeting culminated in a high level International Symposium on “Cadastre 2.0”. 80 experts from public institutions, private companies, academia and NGOs. The focus of the event was on future citizens’ involvement, crowd sourcing and social medias and on the completion of cadastre and land registration in the developing world. Thank you to Gerda Schennach and the Austrian Society of Surveying and Geoinformation (OVG) for their great support in the organization of these very successful events. For more information: 

In 2012, the Annual meeting was held in San Luis (Argentina), in December just after the FIG Regional Conference in Montevideo (Uruguay). This annual meeting included an one-day International Symposium with the theme “Land Governance in South America and International Perspectives” which ended with a common declaration in which participants agreed on the need for closer cooperation and collaboration between local professionals themselves and with international organizations, namely OAS and FIG and concluded that «language is not a barrier as linguistic and cultural diversity is an asset. Any linguistic challenges can be addressed by the willingness and efforts to engage and work together».

These annual meeting and international symposium have been generously supported by the San Luis Provincial Government and co-organized by the Consejo Federal de Catastro (CFC) and the Federacion Argentina de Agrimensores. Claire Galpin, the Commission 7 vice-chair of Administration and Communications and Fernando Daniel Nasisi, president of CFC and his colleagues made a fantastic job, organizing all the technical, logistical and financial aspects. For more information: 

The Annual meeting held in Yaoundé in October 2012 was combined with the General Assembly of the Fédération des géomètres francophones (Francophone Federation of Surveyors) and an International symposium on Land Policies and Land Governance. About 20 delegates from 12 countries joined the annual meeting and the General Assembly of FGF was joined by 80 delegates. The symposium and workshop attracted about 150 colleagues.

The organisation of the event was possible because of the close co-operation with UN Habitat, the Fédération des géomètres francophones and the great support from our sponsors ESRI and Trimble and our Cameroon's colleagues. Thank you also to Claire Galpin, the Commission 7 vice-chair of Administration and Communications and to the FGF president François Mazuyer and to Bénédicte Fournier, International director of the OGE (French Order of Surveyors) for their great support in the organization of theses events. For more information and proceedings: 

The objective to promote “land rights infrastructures and good land governance to contribute to sustainable development” has been achieved by organizing these symposium in Argentina and Cameroon but also by presenting a series of papers at World Bank Land and Poverty Conferences, at FIG events, at a GLTN partner meeting and at LADM workshops. Papers have been published at and at the FIG website. Apart from conference papers a series of publications was prepared for professional Journals. The FIG Page in GIM International has been published monthly in close co-operation with FIG Office.




Working Groups

Working Group 7.1 - Pro Poor Land Tools

Policy issues

  • Promote land rights infrastructures and good land governance to contribute to pro-poor and sustainable development
  • Continue to work on:
  • Social Tenure Domain Model which is a part of the Land Administration Domain Model under development at TC211 from ISO
  • Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS)
  • Collaborate with FAO in the finalization of the Multilingual Thesaurus on Land Tenure


Mr. Christiaan Lemmen
E-mail: chrit.lemmen[at]

Working Group 7.2 –  Land Administration, Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Terms of reference

Develop a better preparedness and response to natural disaster and climate change.


  • Land issues in disaster preparedness and mitigation
  • Land issues in recovery and reconstruction
  • Disaster mitigation in land policies
  • Land tenure, use and value in risk mapping
  • Link access to land and vulnerability / resilience
  • Use risk maps in land use planning and land development
  • Capacity building in land agencies.
  • Land and disaster response
    • Land tenure and emergency shelter, transitional settlemen
    • Land issues in rapid and detailed assessments
    • Raise land issues early on (e.g. flash appeal)
    • Pressure cooker of developments
    • Window of opportunity for change
  • Recovery
    • Rescue, recover, repair land records
    • Land tenure and (updated) hazard risk mapping
    • Access to land for IDP’s, for returnees whose land is lost or unsafe
      • Site selection for resettlement
      • Position of weaker tenure holders, lessees, etc.
      • Adjudication of land rights
    • Restoring capacity in land agencies
    • Tenure security for resettlement
    • Conflict resolution


David Mitchell,
email: david.mitchell[at]

Jaap Zevenbergen
email: zevenbergen[at]  

Working group 7.3 – Cadastral perspectives

Policy issues

  • Cadastral perspectives “Beyond Cadastre 2014”
  • 3D Cadastre (joint working group with Commission 3 chaired by Peter van Oosterom)
    • 3D Cadastre: models, standards, spatial information infrastructure, time management (4D), registration
    • Best practices and guidelines (legal, institutional and technical aspects) for the implementation of 3D-cadastres.
  • Cadastre and Carbon credit management
  • Participation in the Task Force about Spatially Enabled Society
  • New tools for Cadastre management systems


Gerda Schennach,
Email: Gerda.Schennach[at]

Working group 7.4 – Land Management Reforms 

Policy issues

  • Cadastral and land management reforms
    State land management
    Governance of land management


Richard Grover,
Email: rgrover[at]