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

FIG Newsletter – November 2020

Dear Colleague,

The deadline for nominations for the 10 Commission Chair positions is coming up fast. Please note the deadline is 15 December. All member associations are asked to consider to nominate a good candidate to one of the commissions. The commissions are the "power engines" of FIG covering the broad spectre of surveying professions. You can read more about the commissions. The voting of the candidates will take place in connection with the virtual General Assembly that will be held in June 2021.

FIG Commission 9 on Valuation and the Management of Real Estate, together with UN-Habitat/Global Land Tool Network is inviting you to a consultation on a new Manual on the Valuation of Unregistered Land.

Please also note the call for papers that has been published for the FIG e-Working Week - submit your abstract now and before 4 January and participate in this unique virtual Working Week in June 2021. Read more below.


Call for Nominations for Chairs Elects for the 10 FIG Commissions

The current Commission Chairs at the FIG Working Week 2019

All member associations are encouraged to consider if you have a qualified candidate. Please note the deadline 15 December 2020. Read more about the nomination and the commissions.
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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 for October 2020 is written by Florian Thiery et. al.: SPARQLing Geodesy for Cultural Heritage – New Opportunities for Publishing and Analysing Volunteered Linked (Geo-)Data. This paper gives an introduction into the concept of Linked (Geo-)Data, followed by a Best Practice example of semantically modelled Ogam Stones in Wikidata. Read the article

FIG e-Working Week 2021 - Call for Papers

The e-Working Week opportunities

The fact that the Working Week has been transformed to take place virtually brings in new opportunities. This special e-Working Week will be accessible from all over the world, allowing the whole FIG Community with over 250.000 members from 120 countries to join in the event. From the organizing side we will do our utmost to bring together an unforgettable conference with possibilities to make meaningful connections with our sponsors, attendees and speakers, as well as attend sessions designed to be interesting, innovative and engaging. During the e-Working Week there will therefore be the opportunity for the entire FIG community to meet, discuss, learn and get inspired on overall emerging challenges currently faced by our world. As surveyors and related professions, we have not only the ability but the responsibility to actively participate in the solutions of these challenges.

Call for papers

The theme for FIG e-Working Week 2021 will be the same as for the Working Week 2020 – however with an addition to reflect on working with and adapting to new realities; in this case the impact of COVID-19 on our profession: 

Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management
Challenges in a New Reality

Besides the subthemes Smart Surveyors, Integrated Land and Water Management and Ten Years to Achieve the SDG’s, we want to focus on the surveyors and the challenges they have in an unstable, uncertain and unpredictable world and with what technology, methods and procedures they face these new developments. How do surveyors adapt to these unexpected circumstances and what have we learned so far from these challenges?

The theme 'Smart Surveyor for Land and Water Management - challenges in a new reality’ is relevant both for the  international community as well as for our local organisers from the Netherlands. Mapping and surveying are basic activities to support the management of land and water. Having almost 200 years of experience with mapping and more than 100 years of land consolidation, the Netherlands brings inspiring knowledge and experience to the FIG e-Working Week 2021. Apart from being known for its tulips, wind mills and clogs, with its almost 42,000 Square km the Netherlands is one of the most surveyed area in the world. Every square meter is mapped, registered and documented and it has to be, being densely populated, with more than 55% of the total country below sea level and being the second exporter of agricultural goods in the world.

This Call for Papers is announced both for peer review papers and non-peer review papers.
The deadline for submission of abstract is 4 January 2021.


A virtual event gives a different opportunity to get close to the participants and to reach out to specific target groups Currently we are working on attractive sponsorship packages, and if you have an idea for your specific sponsorship please contact Claudia at

FIG and the local organisers from the Netherlands are working on a unique event based on -

In other words: After attending FIG e-Working Week 2021 you will be: inspired, (re)connected, energized, gained knowledge, feel part of a community...

Open Consultation for the Valuation of Unregistered Land Manual

We ask you to take part in this consultation process which is open until 11 December 2020 and give your comments to the manual.
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Watch two webinars on diversity and the SDG's

We ask you to take part in this consultation process which is open until 11 December 2020 and give your comments to the manual.
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Attend virtual training - 14-18 December 2020

Cadasta Foundation has designed virtual training on the uses of Cadasta tools and technical approaches. This virtual training is intended to benefit partners who seek to document land rights at a community level but lack the necessary geospatial tools and skills- The training takes place 14-18 December 2020.
More information
Application form


22-24 February 2021, Cairo, Egypt - the event also takes place virtually
Second Arab Lands Conference organised by Egypt Housing and Building National Research Centre represented by the Urban Training and Studies Institute (UTI) in partnership with UN-Habitat, the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), the World Bank, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Dubai Land Department. Web site: 

21-25 June 2021 - virtual

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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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