FIG Commission 7

Work Plan 2011-2014

Original work plan in .pdf-format


Cadastre and Land Management 

 Mr. Daniel Roberge, Chairperson of Commission 7

Terms of reference

Commission 7 deals with land administration and land rights infrastructures in a sustainable development perspective:

  • cadastre and land registration
  • land reform, cadastral reform, land consolidation
  • land governance
  • land use and land management
  • land valuation and land taxation
  • security of tenure
  • land policy and land legislation
  • land market
  • capacity building in land administration
  • e-governance
  • low cost technology in land administration


The mission of Commission 7 is to:

  • To provide a forum for enhancing and exchanging 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 underpin economic growth;
  • To promote the application of innovative and advanced technology in cadastre and land administration;
  • To promote awareness of the role of surveyors in land administration matters to the public and among stake holders.


For the period 2011-2014, FIG Commission 7 priorities will focus in:

  • promoting land rights infrastructures and good land governance to contribute to sustainable development
  • developing a better preparedness and response to natural disaster and climate change
  • developing a better cooperation between land surveyors aiming to improve the capacity and governance in land administration
  • developing cadastral perspectives
  • investigating direct involvement of citizens into e-land administration processes
  • co-operating with international organizations in land tenure issues

Working Group 7.1 - Pro Poor Land Tools

Policy issues

  • Promote land rights infrastructures and good land governance to contribute to pro-poor and sustainable development
  • Continue to work on:
  • Social Tenure Domain Model which is a part of the Land Administration Domain Model under development at TC211 from ISO
  • Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS)
  • Collaborate with FAO in the finalization of the Multilingual Thesaurus on Land Tenure


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


  • Participation in meetings related to the activities of the Working Group
  • Investigations on OpenCadastreMap
  • Investigations on Low Cost High Tech Data Acquisition Methods
  • Expert Group Meetings


  • International Standard for the Land Administration Domain (ISO 19152) with the Social Tenure Domain Model as a specialization.
  • Collaboration with FAO in the finalization of the Multilingual Thesaurus on Land Tenure
  • Information for land professionals via FIG Website and other platforms when appropriate

Working Group 7.2 –  Land Administration, Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Terms of reference

Develop a better preparedness and response to natural disaster and climate change.


  • Land issues in disaster preparedness and mitigation
  • Land issues in recovery and reconstruction
  • Disaster mitigation in land policies
  • Land tenure, use and value in risk mapping
  • Link access to land and vulnerability / resilience
  • Use risk maps in land use planning and land development
  • Capacity building in land agencies.
  • Land and disaster response
    • Land tenure and emergency shelter, transitional settlemen
    • Land issues in rapid and detailed assessments
    • Raise land issues early on (e.g. flash appeal)
    • Pressure cooker of developments
    • Window of opportunity for change
  • Recovery
    • Rescue, recover, repair land records
    • Land tenure and (updated) hazard risk mapping
    • Access to land for IDP’s, for returnees whose land is lost or unsafe
      • Site selection for resettlement
      • Position of weaker tenure holders, lessees, etc.
      • Adjudication of land rights
    • Restoring capacity in land agencies
    • Tenure security for resettlement
    • Conflict resolution


David Mitchell,
email: david.mitchell[at]
Jaap Zevenbergen
email: zevenbergen[at] 

Working group 7.3 – Cadastral perspectives

Policy issues

  • Cadastral perspectives “Beyond Cadastre 2014”
  • 3D Cadastre (joint working group with Commission 3 chaired by Peter van Oosterom)
    • 3D Cadastre: models, standards, spatial information infrastructure, time management (4D), registration
    • Best practices and guidelines (legal, institutional and technical aspects) for the implementation of 3D-cadastres.
  • Cadastre and Carbon credit management
  • Participation in the Task Force about Spatially Enabled Society
  • New tools for Cadastre management systems


Gerda Schennach,
Email: Gerda.Schennach[at] 


  • International Symposium on “Cadastre 2.0” in Innsbruck/Austria, 30 Sept 2011
  • Second International Workshop on 3D-Cadastres FIG/EuroSDR (, Delft, The Netherlands, 16-18 November 2011
  • Possible participation to the GSDI-13 Conference, Quebec City, Canada


  • FIG publication: Cadastre 2.0
  • FIG publication: Guidelines to establish 3D-cadastres addressing legal, institutional and technical issues

Working group 7.4 – Land Management Reforms 

Policy issues

  • Cadastral and land management reforms
    State land management
    Governance of land management


  Richard Grover,
Email: rgrover[at]   


  • Session at FIG Working Week 2011 in Marrakech on improving the management of state land – FAO collaboration expected
  • Seminar on cadastral reforms and land governance


  • Publication on state land management
  • Publication on cadastral reforms and land governance
  • Co-operation with FAO on Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Land and Natural Resources Tenure
  • Co-operation with FAO on guidance on state land management
  • Training materials on the management of state land

Co-operation with other FIG commissions and organisations

Commission 7 will namely contribute to the following Joint Commission Working Groups:

  • Commission 1: Working Group 1.1 on International Boundaries (joint with Commissions 4, 5, 6 and 7)
    • Commission 7 representative in this Working Group is Daniel Roberge
  • Commission 3 : Working Group 3.3 - 3D Cadastre (joint with Commission 7)
    • Commission 7 representative in this Working Group is Peter van Oosterom

Co-operation with United Nation Organisations, Sister Associations and other Partners

Commission 7 will cooperate with international organizations in land tenure issues under guidelines from the FIG Council.

Events and annual meetings

  • Commission 7 Annual Meeting and International Symposium “Cadastre 2.0”, 25 September–1 October 2011, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Commission 7 Annual Meeting: Africa (Francophone Western African Country – Joint event with the Fédération des géomètres francophones (Francophone Federation of Surveyors) (to be confirmed)
  • Commission 7 Annual Meeting: Latin America (to be confirmed)
  • Commission 7 Annual Meeting: Québec, Canada (to be confirmed)

Commission Officers

Commission Chair
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
  Ms. Claire Galpin
Vice Chair and Chair of WG 7.1 - Pro Poor Land Tools
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 Co-Chairs of WG 7.2 - Land Administration, Natural Disasters and Climate Change
David Mitchell
School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences,
SET Portfolio, RMIT University
GPO Box 2476V
Tel. + 61 3 9925 2420
Fax + 61 3 9663 2517
Email: d.mitchell[at] 
Web site: 
  Jaap Zevenbergen
University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
Department of Urban and Region Planning and Geoinformation Management
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede,
Tel: +31 (0)53 4874351
Fax: +31 (0)53 4874575
Vice Chair and Chair of WG 7.3 - Cadastral perspectives
Gerda Schennach,
Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying
Buergerstrasse 34
A-6010 Innsbruck
Tel. + 43 512 588 411 60
Fax + 43 512 588 411 61
E-mail: gerda.schennach[at]  
Vice Chair and Chair of WG 7.4 - Land Management Reforms
  Richard Grover
Department of Real Estate & Construction
School of Built Environment
Oxford Brookes University
Gipsy Lane
Oxford OX3 0BP
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0)1865 483488

9 August 2011