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

FIG Newsletter – December 2020

Dear Colleague,

So that was it... 2020...?
Well, the content of this newsletter shows that although it has not been possible to travel and to connect in the way we are used to this does not stop the many activities in and around FIG. In fact it opens for other possibilities and ways to work and to connect. Read about the most recent undertakings, online meetings, progress on the surveyors contributions to the SDGs, and during this holiday season please do not forget the deadline 4 January 2021 for the submission of abstracts for the e-Working Week 2021 - this time a virtual experience.
Happy New Year and the wishes for a better 2021 to all!

FIG Office wishes you

Seasons Greeting and a Happy New Year!
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
Fröhliche Weihnachten und Ein Gutes Neues Jahr
Feliz Navidad y Prospero año nuevo!
Kul sanna wa'intum b'kheir
새해 복많이 받으세요!
Glædelig jul og godt nytår

Please note that FIG Office will be closed from 23 December 2020 until 4 January 2021.

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 December 2020 is written by Lisette Mey, Netherlands And Laura Meggiolaro, Italy Land Governance Lost in Translation - Exploring Semantic Technologies to Increase Discoverability of New Technologies & Data This paper is about the language and technology barriers that constraint to effectively exchange and learn from land data, information and technologies across the globe...  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.

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?

This Call for Papers is announced both for peer review papers and non-peer review papers.
NOTE THE DEADLINE: 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...


UN-Habitat-GLTN Partners Online-Meeting

The 8th GLTN Partners Meeting was held online with the theme "Tenure Security as a key element of COVID-19 response and impact on mitigation" and with focus on the implementation of the GLTN strategy and future activities.
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Successful side event on Fit for Purpose Land Administration Implementation

This GLTN Partners Meeting side event encouraged a good discussion on the use of FFP, STDM and other relevant tools for land administration.
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SURCON contributes to FIG and the SDGs 

Surveyors accross its membership in Nigeria were sharing the understanding of the SGs and how Surveyors skills can make our world a better place.
Read more


VCSP Virtual Wisdom Workshop - Invitation

The FIG Volunteer Community Surveyor Program is excited to welcome applications to attend the January 2021 Wisdom Workshop - ‘Sustainable Solutions for Land Based Community Problems: Tools and Modern Approaches’, scheduled for 29-30 January online.
Read more

FIG Commission 7 Annual Meeting 2020

FIG Commission 7 conducted its annual meeting in an online format in October. The Proceedings including recordings are now available.
Read more

Land Banking Webinar with FAO and FIG Commission 8

FAO organised a well-attended webinar on Friday 11 December about the application of land banking instruments in Europe and Central Asia. Chair of FIG Commisison 8 Marije Leuwsma attended with a presentation. See the recording of the webinar. Read more


International Geospatial Information Technologies Training Program(GeoITT
Participate in short survey:

Deqing iSpatial Co., Ltd, a corporate member of FIG will carry out a series of international training from January 2021 with support of FIG. The training content mainly includes basic knowledge of geospatial information, satellite remote sensing, UAV technologies, GNSS, GIS, BIM, international geospatial information professional ethics and standards, etc. In addition to the basics and fundamentals of geospatial information technologies, training will be conducted on cutting-edge technologies and products as well as related knowledge. More information on the programme.

The organisers would appreciate your participation in a short survey (3-5 minutes of your time):


Publication: Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration for all

This report from Kadaster, the Netherlands, shows the importance of fostering strategic partnerships amongst all land sector stakeholders - government, private sector, NGOs, and academia. FIG e-Working Week will also cover this topic.
Read more


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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21-23 September 2021, Hanover, Germany
Intergeo 2021 - Live + Digital, #INTERGEO21
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