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FIG - International Federation of Surveyors International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomètres
Internationale Vereinigung der Vermessungsingenieure

FIG Newsletter – May 2020

Dear Colleague,

Normally (well, what is normal these days) this newsletter would have been filled with reports and impressions from the FIG Working Week. Instead, we hope that you have enjoyed the articles that were sent to you during the conference days. A little spin-off is two webinars, based on sessions that should have taken place. One organised in cooperation with FAO and the other with UNECE. Also at the Working Week several consultations on the FIG Governance Task Force work was planned. So, instead all material is available online and we would appreciate if you will read the material and contribute. Finally, the Habitat Professionals Forum, which FIG is part of, has published a statement on Covid-19.

Article of the Month

Each month on FIG web site you can find a special selected paper called "FIG Article of the Month".

The Article of the Month in May 2020 is written by Ana Flávia Bastos and D.Eng. Lia Bastos, BrazilQuantitative analysis of microplastics in coastal sediment in beaches of Spain and Brazil This peer review paper should have been presented at the FIG Working Week 2020 in the special session Mapping the Plastic. Based on the ESMARES Program methods, a comparative study of the amount of microplastics found on different beaches has been carried out. Read more...


The future of our professional work - call to action 

FIG Task Force on FIG Governance invites you to participate and share with us your own thinking and your material on the future of our professional work. Please also take some time to read the update memo and progress report of the Task Force.
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FIG President's Report 2020

FIG President Rudolf Staiger should have presented this report of the activities of FIG during the past year at the FIG Working Week 2020. Ge an insight in what has been going on in FIG during this past year.
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Webinar: Land Consolidation

Join FIG, FAO and LandPortal on 18 June in this webinar on the FAO Legal Guide and its Application at the Country Level. Planned for the FIG Working Week 2020 were two special sessions organised by FIG and FAO - these two sessions have been merged into this webinar.
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Webinar: e-Launch of the Guidelines for the formalization of informal constructions

Join FIG Honorary President Chryssy Potsiou in this e-Launch. The publication is a brief, practical and easy-to-read guide, explaining how to structure a program for the formalization of informal constructions. The publication was planned to be launched at the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands at a special joint UNECE/FIG session.
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Habitat Professionals Forum statement on COVID-19

FIG is one of the members of the Habitat Professionals Forum. The HPF statement on Covid-19 Pandemic builds upon a survey conducted amongst the Habitat Professionals Forum (HPF) and its members on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on achieving resilient human settlements
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FIG Working (from home) Week

Did you get the articles that were sent to during the time the FIG Working Week 2020 should have taken place... Maybe you did not have the chance to read all the articles. There is still time - you can find all the articles on the conference web site


8-10 September 2020, Beijing, China
GIS Software Technology Conference 2020

14-18 September 2020, Timisoara, Romania
Romanian Surveyors Week

16-18 September 2020, Deqing, Zhejiang Province, China
FIG Commisison 1 Workshop:  Professional Standards and Practice of Surveying and Mapping in the countries along the Belt and Road Routes Organised by FIG Commission 1 jointly with the People's Government of Deqing County, China Website: 

12-15 October 2020, Vancouver, Canada
YII2020 - The Year in Infrastructure 2020 Conference, Organised by Bentley Systems, supported by FIG.

13-15 October 2020, Berlin, Germany
Intergeo. Get complimentary entrance ticket to the fair through FIG.
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5-6 November 2020, Delft, The Netherlands
23rd ICA Workshop on Map Generalisation and Multiple Representation (ICAgen2020). The event will either take place entirely at the venue, or partly at the venue and partly online (hybrid), or fully online. Deadline for the submission of abstract is 24 August 2020.
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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

International Federation of Surveyors
Fédération Internationale des Géomčtres
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