FIG Commission 8 - Spatial planning and development


"Land is a scarce resource. In pursue of a sustainable development, it is key to balance the various, sometimes conflicting, interests in spatial planning and to acknowledge the voice of all stakeholders. Themes that will be addressed are urban challenges, urban-rural dependencies, and GIS and land policy tools for implementation."

What we do

For the term 2023-2026 FIG Commission 8 will be working on:


PDF: Work Plan
VIDEO: Chair of the commission Kwabena Asiama takes you through the work plan

Chair of FIG Commission 8:
Kwabena Asiama, Ghana

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FIG Regional Conference 2024
14-16 November 2024,
Kathmandu, Nepal

FIG Working Week 2025

6-10 April 2025 in Brisbane, Australia



Digital Transformation and Integration of Land Administration and Land Use Planning / Land Management

March 2024

The joint FIG Working Group 7.6 / 8.4 of Commission 7 (Cadastre and Land Management) and Commission 8 (Spatial Planning and Development) on Digital Transformation and Integration of Land Administration and Land Use Planning / Land Management. This survey aims to gather qualitative and quantitative insights into perceptions of digital technologies and digitally-enabled processes in your field of work. It will be of great value in informing the work of our working group and will only take 20 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until 26 May 2024 and the results will be presented at upcoming FIG events and disseminated via the relevant newsletters. 


Climate-smart land use planning - towards flood and drought resilience

4 April 2024 2 pm CET

During the webinar, the invited experts will share their knowledge of adaptive spatial planning tools that can help face climate change mitigation and adaptation challenges. The webinar provides space for knowledge sharing and discussing our challenges. We will be looking to answer the question: what could the surveyors' role be in these processes?

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Commission 8 at FIG Working Week 2024

June 2024

The FIG Working Week 2024 was held from 19-24 May in Accra, Ghana. During the conference, Commission 8 had organised severaly sessions in the tehcnical programme and conducted its annual meeting. Additionally, the progress of all commissions was presented at the General Assembly.

> Annual report to General Assembly
> Minutes General Assembly
> Proceedings/Technical programme
> Report Annual Meeting
> Conference Website


February 2024
June 2023

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Work Plans




Working Groups


Key Documents


Meet the officers

Commission Chair

Mr. Kwabena Asiama, Ghana
Contact: FIGCommission8 [at]

Working Group Chairs:

Chair of Working Group 8.1 Urban-rural land linkage
Prof. Uchendu Eugene Chigbu,
Email: echigbu[
Chair of Working Group 8.2 Unregistered Land and large-scale acquisition/compensation
James Kavanagh,
Email: jkavanagh[
Chair of Working Group 8.3 Spatial Planning Instruments and Climate Change
Adrianna Czarnecka,
Email: adrianna.czarnecka[
Chair of Working Group 8.4 Digital Transformation for Land Management and Spatial Governance
Prof. Dr. Ir. Walter Timo de Vries,
Chair of Working Group 8.5 Spatial Plan and Valuation Information in LADM Context
Abdullah Kara, MSc.
Email: a.kara[

Delegates and Correspondents:

Each member association has the right to nominate a delegate to each of the ten technical commissions. In addition Affiliates, Academic Members and Corporate Members  are welcome to nominate a correspondent to each commission.

Interested? If you are interested to become a national delegate from your country, please contact your member association. The contact information of national delegates is updates by the FIG office. Any changes in contact information should be sent to the FIG Office.




Term 2019-2022
Term 2015-2018
Term 2011-2014
Term 2007-2010
Term 2003-2006

Working Groups

Term 2023-2026 

WG 8.1: Urban-rural land linkages
WG 8.2: Unregistered Land and large-scale acquisition/compensation
WG 8.3: Spatial Planning Instruments and Climate Change
WG 8.4: Digital Transformation for Land Management and Spatial Governance
WG 8.5: Spatial Plan and Valuation Information in LADM Context

Work Plan


Tas Force

FIG Africa Taskforce


August 2020
November 2019
August 2019
June 2019

FIG Publications


FIG Proceedings

List of FIG Conference Proceedings
FIG Surveyors Reference Library


All events

Reports to General Assembly

Report, May 2020
Report, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2019
Report, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018
Report, Helsinki, Finland, 2017

All reports