FIG Commission 7 - Cadastre and Land Management

Work Plan 2007-2010

Original work plan in .pdf-format.


Cadastre and Land Management 

 Mr. Andras Ossko, Chairperson of Commission 7


Commission 7 established its concept of activities about 15 years ago. It is in line with the FIG long term professional strategy and selected key topics to deal with

  • advanced cadastre
  • developing land administration
  • creating secure land tenure
  • application of innovative, advance technology in land administration

All topics are related to land administration matters. Developing, modernising land administration is an increasing demand by developed and developing countries world wide for many years.

During the last decade many new challenges have appeared – increasing focus on sustainable development, post conflict problems ( civil wars, tribal conflicts, etc.) increasing number of disasters, increasing gap between developed and developing world, rapid urbanisation in the developing world, etc. All the above challenges connected to land and property related activities. The profession has to find answer and solutions.

Several of the above challenges are being handled by existing cadastral, land management and land administration institutions, some of the existing institutions have not adapted to the challenges or been developed in an adequate manner. In bringing solution to the 21st. Centuries’ land and property related challenges, Commission 7 therefore believes that future orientated focus from the surveying profession is essential. The surveying profession must play an ever central role in the development and modernisation of cadastre, land management and land administration. The ultimate goal is to make land administration the proper infrastructure for sustainable development and to make land administration institutions developing sustainable solutions through land related activities.

To achieve Commission 7 concept, goals, involves efforts over a long period, therefore the commission wants to continue its professional work which was successful over the passed years. Of course there need to be some changes, new priorities have to be defined based on the last four years experience.

Following the FIG strategy, Commission 7 intends

  1. to continue its effort focusing on countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, CEE and provide meeting place as well
  2. Strengthening working relations co-operation with other FIG commissions
  3. To continue co-operation with UN organisations, agencies
  4. To find possibilities to co-operate with other professional organisations, NGOs, Dutch Kadaster, ITC, etc.
  5. Providing and disseminating information to the profession, national associations and authorities to develop and establish land administration systems
  6. Supporting the needs in different regions

Terms of reference

Until today many countries have developed their own cadastral system, in many case with colonial roots. The one operates deed registration, the other title registration, some are based on fixed boundaries, some on general boundaries, some system are centralised and others decentralised. Many systems perform not optimal or failed to perform in the benefit of all people. Looking at it from a little distance one can observe that the systems are in principle mainly the same: they are all based on the relationship between persons and land, via rights and are in most countries influenced by developments in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The two main functions of every cadastral system are: 1. Keeping the contents of these relationship up-to-date (based on legal or customary transactions) in a cadastral or land registration system and 2. Providing information on this registrations

Commission 7 deals with land administration (the process of determining, recording and disseminating information about the ownership, value and use of land when implementing land management policies” ref. UNECE Land Administration Guidelines 1996):
“Ownership” should be seen as a broad concept of land tenure within various jurisdictions
(statutory, customary, informal, etc.)
“Land” includes constructions at subsurface level, ground level and above land level (e.g. buildings)
Furthermore Commission 7 deals with land management, which is the implementation of land policy, by wide range of land policy instruments (e.g. land reform, land consolidation, land markets, land taxation, marine resource management)

In “key words” Commission 7 deals with

  • land management and land administration
  • cadastres, land registers
  • cadastral reform
  • land policy, land reform, land taxation
  • land tenure
  • land law and land related laws
  • sustainable land administration
  • pro poor land management and land administration
  • cadastral surveying and mapping
  • land registration
  • land administration in post conflict areas
  • disaster management and land administration
  • customary and group rights
  • informal settlements
  • public private partnership in land administration
  • land policy and land policy instruments
  • land consolidation
  • land valuation and taxation
  • land markets
  • land reform, land privatisation and land redistribution
  • innovative technology in land administration
  • low cost surveying and mapping
  • land and marine resource management

Mission statement

  • to provide a forum for enhancing and exchanging the 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 support economic economic growth
  • to promote the application of innovative and advance technology in cadastre, land administration
  • to promote awareness of the role of surveyors in land administration matters to the public and among stake holders   
Commission 7 work plan in relation with FIG professional strategy

Following Commission 7 tradition the work plan supporting the achievement of FIG goals

  • extending working co-operation with other commissions
  • to continue and extension of working relation with UN organisations, World Bank, agencies and other organisations
  • to contribute to organise joint workshops, events wit UN and other external organisations
  • to contribute to formulate the professional program for FIG congresses and working weeks
  • supporting regional events, workshops to promote FIG activities in general and new priorities of the surveyor profession
  • to encourage national delegates, representatives to participate in FIG events and disseminate information to national associations and professionals
  • to support the publication of working results
  • following the traditions, Commission 7 contribute to the major FIG events, congresses, working weeks
  • to encourage member associations and national delegates from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe to participate in Commision 7 and major FIG events
Objectives of the commission 7 work plan

There are many fields of interest for Commission 7 related to land administration, Cadastre and land management matters. To achieve realistic results in the 2007-2010 period we have to prioritise the most important issues based on the Commission 7 activities during the past years, recent developments, challenges concerning land related matters world wide and priorities supported by UN and other professional organisations and NGOs. As a new development in FIG activity, Commission 7 intends to find possibilities to form working relation with UN Habitat Global Land Tool Network , GLTN. Important issues selected:

Pro poor land management and land administration

  • land administration and land management in customary and informal areas
  • low cost data acquisition (geometric, legal) registration and mapping
  • low cost, innovative tools for land management and land administration

Sustainable land administration supporting good governance

  • how can we develop sustainable land administration in so called developing countries within a framework of land policies
  • how can we keep sustainability of land administration in so called developed countries

Land administration in post conflict areas

  • how is possible to create, rebuild land administration after conflicts
  • approaches in redistribution of land in post conflict areas

Disaster management and land administration

  • relation between land administration and disaster management

Economic land use and land use control

  • supporting how to create economic land use
  • how to manage land use and informal urbanisation in developing countries

Land administration and land management in the marine environment

  • how to develop marine cadastre
  • how to support coastal zone management

Innovative technology and ICT support in land administration and land management

  • how to extend land administration with 3D cadastre and land registry
  • how to develop innovative, low cost technology to support pro poor land management and land administration
  • national and international data infrastructure initiatives: SDI, NGDI, INSPIRE, EULIS
  • ICT support to develop sustainable land administration (standardisation, interoperable systems
  • sustainable capacity building for land administration

Institutional aspects for land administration and land management

  • how to support the development of institutional framework for land administration, land management

Commission 7 intends to address the selected issues in various ways within FIG and in co-operation with other organisations

  • Commission 7 working groups
  • Presenting papers, lectures during FIG and joint events
  • Working co-operation with other FIG commissions
  • Working relation with UN and other organisations
  • Providing a documentation center OICRF

Working Group 7.1 - Development of Pro Poor Land Management and Land Administration

Terms of reference

  • recognise and support the development of pro poor land management approaches
  • communicate, as far as possible, the FIG concepts in development of land policy and land management: land law, land tenure and security of tenure, land markets, land taxation, land use planning, land reform, land redistribution, post conflict land administration
  • identify (geometric) aspects related to social, informal land tenures
  • support the development of low cost, innovative, data acquisition methods
  • develop the social tenure domain model
  • contribute in the GLTN
  • propose a capacity building approach for pro poor land management


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

Working Group 7.2 – Development Sustainable Land Administration to Support Sustainable Development

Terms of reference

  • investigate the necessary legal and institutional framework for the creation and development of sustainable development
  • identify other conditions for developing sustainable land administration
  • study solutions for developing land administration in post conflict areas
  • find simple, low cost solutions for creating sustainable land administration in developing countries
  • investigate improvements of land tenure security through new legal frameworks and new and better administrative tools
  • focus on solutions to combine formal land delivery process and customary approaches (neo-customary) land delivery process
  • study the role of gender-issues in creation of sustainable land administration development
  • analyse sensible forms of land taxation for funding land reform and upgrading programmes
  • identify and find solutions of assisting post conflict areas, disaster areas, etc. in rebuilding and maintain land administration after war and catastrophe of nature


Mr. Søren F. Christensen
E-mail: sfc[at]

Working group 7.3 – Application of Innovative Technology in Land Administration

Terms of reference

  • electronic conveyancing and governance
  • identify innovative and low cost technology to support the development for pro poor land management, land administration
  • identify innovative, advance technology for sustainable land administration
  • dealing with standards
  • focus on copyright and fee questions
  • dealing with identification and defining parcel boundaries
  • focus on national and international data infrastructure initiatives (SDI, INSPIRE)
  • 3D cadastre, land registry


Dr. Daniel Steudler
E-mail: Daniel.Steudler[at]

Co-operation with other FIG commissions

  • 3D Cadastre , land registry joint working group with Commission 3
  • coastal zone management, marine cadastre with Commission 4
  • low cost, effective survey technology and techniques for developing countries, with Commission 3, 5 lead by Commission 5
  • Urban- rural inter relationships, defining formal and informal tenure, property rights, joint working group with Commission 8 lead by Commission 8
  • education, capacity building with Commission 2Co-operation with UN organisations, agencies

Co-operation with UN organisations, agencies

Commission 7 would like to continue co-operation with UN organisations, UN Habitat, UN FAO, UNECE/WPLA

Co-operation with other professional organisations

Dutch Kadaster, ITC, Institution of Geodesy, Cartography and Remote Sensing (FÖMI).


The secretariat of the commission will maintain the Commission 7 web site and keep delegates, correspondents, friends informed primarily via e-mail.

Commission 7 annual meetings and events

According to the consensus among the commission delegates to hold annual meetings separately from the major FIG events, Commission 7 intends to continue its traditions for organising annual meetings. Until now Korea will host the annual meeting in 2007, and Verona, Italy in 2008.

Calendar of Events

  • Commission 7 annual meeting, Pusan, Korea 19-23 May 2007
  • FIG Working Week Hong Kong, China, May 13-17 2007
  • contribution to GeoCongress Quebec City, Canada, October 2007
  • FIG Regional Conference, San Jose, Costa Rica, 12-15 November 2007
  • Commission 7 annual meeting Verona, Italy
  • FIG Working Week, Stockholm, Sweden, 14-19 June 2008
  • Commission 7 annual meeting
  • FIG Working Week, Eilat, Israel, 3-8 May 2009
  • Commission 7 annual meeting
  • FIG Congress Sydney, Australia, 9-16 April 2010

Commission Officers

Commission Chair
Mr. András Ossko
Institute of Geodesy Cartography and Remote Sensing
Bosnyák tér 5
Tel. +36 1 460 4038
E-mail: ossko.andras[at]
Chair Elect, 2009-2010
Mr. Daniel Roberge
Bureau de l'arpenteur général du Québec
5700, 4e avenue O., Bureau F 310
Charlesbourg, Québec
G1H 6R1
Tel: +1 418-627-6263 x 2646
Fax: +1 418-643-6512
E-mail: daniel.roberge[at]
Vice Chair of Administration
Commission Secretariat:
Mr.Gyula Iván, Vice Chair of Administration
Secretary of the Commission
E-mail: ivan.gyula[at]
Tel. + 36 1 460 4081
Mrs. Mária Tóth
E-mail: Maria.Toth[at]
The address of the secreteriat:
FIG Commission 7 Secretariat
c/o Institute of Geodesy Cartography and Remote Sensing
1592 Budapest Pf. 585
Tel. + 36 1 222 5101
Fax + 36 1 222 5112
Vice Chair and Chair of WG 7.1 - Development of Pro Poor Land Management and Land Administration
Mr. Christiaan Lemmen
Cadastre and Public Registers Agency
P.O. Box 9046
NL-7300 GH Apeldoorn
Visiting address: Jean Monnetpark 1, 7336 BA Apeldoorn
Tel. + 31 55 528 5634
Fax + 31 55 355 7362
E-mail: lemmen[at] 
Vice Chair and Chair of WG 7.2 - Development Sustainable Land Administration to Support Sustainable Development
Mr. Søren Fauerholm Christensen
National Survey and Cadastre Denmark
Rentemestervej 8
DK-2200 Copenhagen NV 
Tel. + 45 3587 5616
Fax + 45 3587 5050
E-mail: sfc[at]
Vice Chair and Chair of WG 7.3 - Application of Innovative Technology in Land Administration
Dr. Daniel Steudler
Eidg. Vermesssungsdirektion
Swiss Federal Directorate of Cadastral Surveying
Seftigenstrasse 264
CH-3084 Wabern
Tel. + 41 31 963 2413
Fax + 41 31 963 2297
E-mail: Daniel.Steudler[at]

31 December 2006