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 2019-2022 FIG Commission 8 will be working on:

For the full work plan, please visit Work Plan 2019-2022
(Original work plan .pdf-format )

FIG Commission 3 and 8 Workshop

20-21 July 2021, Prato, Italy

Again in 2021 a Summer School in Italy will take place, this time in Prato. As part of the Summer School a workshop organised jointly by FIG Commission 3, Spatial Information Management, and Commission 8, Spatial Planning and Development on  “Spatial information management to optimize Spatial planning and Sustainable development” will take place. Programme book  Read more


May 2021

After having cancelled the FIG Working Week last year, we are now heading towards our first online FIG Working Week ever.With this newsletter we would like to update you on the activities of commission 8 and give a sneak-preview
of activities not to be missed during the FIG e-Working Week from 21-25th of June 2021. Enjoy the newsletter

Successful webinar about Land Banking

December 2020

The FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia is finalizing a study on European good practices on land policy instruments particularly focusing on land banking. For this reason, FAO organised a well-attended webinar on Friday 11th of December about the application of land banking instruments in Europe and Central Asia

The topic of land policy instruments, and land banking is one of these, is also included in FIG’s work programme of commission 8 ‘spatial planning and development’. Working group 8.4 focuses on this topic and on its role for spatial development. Read more and watch the webinar



FIG e-Working Week 2021
20-25 June
- a virtual gathering of surveyors


March 2020

Report to the General Assembly - FIG Commission 8

February 2020

FIG Working Week 2020 and FIG Commission 8

May 2019

FIG2020: A comprehensive tour on Dutch land- and water management – join

November 2018

Commission 8 at FIG Working Week 2019


More News from FIG Commission 8




Work Plans




Working Groups


Key Documents


Meet the officers

Commission Chair

Ms. Marije Louwsma, the Netherlands
Advisor spatial planning
Contact: FIGCommission8 [at]

Working Group Chairs:

Rural – urban dependency (WG 8.1)
Rosy Liao Rong, China, People’s Republic of

GIS tools for spatial planning (WG 8.2)
Enrico Rispoli, Italy

Urban Challenges (WG 8.3)
Erwin van der Krabben, the Netherlands

Land policy instruments for spatial development (WG 8.4)
Dr. Morten Hartvigsen, Hungary

African Water Governance (WG 8.5)
Richard Pagett, Serbia

List of all officers


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 2019-2022 

WG 8.1: Rural – urban dependency
WG 8.2: GIS tools for spatial planning
WG 8.3: Urban Challenges
WG 8.4: Land policy instruments for spatial development
WG 8.5: African Water Governance

All working groups


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