US: The ‘Spatial Innovation and Good Practices in Land Administration Forum’ was held on March 28, 2014 at World Bank, Washington DC by World Bank and International Federation of Surveyors. The one-day forum, organised as part of the ongoing collaborative activities between the Bank and FIG, was open to all registered participants to the annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference.
It covered a number of themes focusing on the contribution of spatial technologies, innovation and practices to support the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Forum also witnessed the launch of the joint World Bank and FIG Declaration on Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration providing the framework.
Discussing the changing dynamics of the world —and the opportunity and challenges it brings— the Forum deliberated on standards, interoperability, authoritativeness and privacy. Delegates at the conference opined that there is an acute need to address these issues collaboratively, despite the efforts of committees and associations such as United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and FIG.
The Forum concluded that spatial technologies and practices are today pervasive, affordable and accessible. It recognised that technology is an enabler of improving land administration and access to land rights, but it is not the solution.