Surveying the future

Surveying the future


Arranged for the first time in the Asia and the Pacific region the 3rd FIG Regional Conference was held at Jakarta, Indonesia from October 3-7, 2004. The conference took place at the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta.

The conference was organised by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), the Ikatan Surveyor Indonesia (ISI) and the Indonesian National Coordinating Agency for Surveys and Mapping (BAKOSURTANAL). As with the previous FIG regional conferences the event in Jakarta was co-sponsored by the United Nations and its agencies FAO, UNEP and UN-Habitat. The other partners included the Asean Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics (The ASEAN FLAG), the Permanent Committee on GIS Infrastructure for Asia and the Pacific (PCGIAP). The local co-sponsors included the Ministry of Research and Technology (RISTEK), The Governor of Jakarta City Government (DKI) and Kepala Badan Pertanahan (BPN) (National Land Agency). The event was attended by than 350 delegates from 33 countries. More than 120 international participants attended the conference.

The focus of the 3rd FIG Regional Conference was on combining economic, environmental and social development to promote sustainable development. The selected theme was “Surveying the Future – Contributions to Economic, Environmental and Social Development”, which was highlighted in the opening speech of Prof Holger Magel, President, FIG.

The technical programme of the conference included the opening ceremony with keynote presentations from Prof Dorodjatum Kuntjoro-Jakti, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Indonesia; Mr Rudolf Matindas, Head of BAKOSURTANAL and Prof Holger Magel. There were totally five plenary sessions and 24 technical sessions. The technical sessions included more than 100 papers. The technical exhibition was very professionally organised and introduced new technology and instruments.

“The Asia and the Pacific Region faces many exciting challenges in the fields of political, economic, environmental and social development. On the occasion of the 3rd FIG Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific “Surveying the Future – Contributions to Economic, Environmental and Social Development” (Jakarta, October 3-7, 2004) the International Federation of Surveyors and its international and national partners believe that a well-balanced sustainable development in urban and rural areas is the key factor for a prosperous future and for just human living conditions for all people in these countries and societies.

Surveyors can in a manifold way contribute to a more sustainable development from establishing a basic geodetic framework to monitoring measurements in risk areas, starting from cadastre, titling, valuation, spatial data infrastructure and planning to comprehensive land management in urban, rural, coastal and marine zones. Surveyors request policy makers and society to better recognise the indispensable role of surveyors as part and partner of a emerging civil society and nation building. Surveyors demand policy makers to provide appropriate educational and professional frameworks and recognition.

FIG as the leading global umbrella organisation of surveyors feels deeply committed to the Asian and the Pacific region and is committed to further strengthen the profession in this important part of our common world.”