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Surveyors convening in Sydney to discuss climate issues

Australia: The International Federation of Surveyors Congress 2010 will be held in Sydney from 11-16 April. It occurs once in every four years. It will bring over 2,000 delegates from more than 100 countries to Australia and contribute USD 13.4 million to the local economy. It is the largest Congress in the Federation’s 130 year history.

Paul Harcombe, Congress Director and Ambassador of Business Events Sydney (BESydney) – the official organisation responsible for assisting the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute bring the event to Sydney – said, “The Congress will allow Australia to showcase its capabilities and expertise to the rest of the world. We plan to put a particular focus on small island developing states in the Asia Pacific that struggle with land governance, customary land ownership and rising sea levels. We can improve societies and the quality of life of individuals by focusing our research and expertise into these areas.”

“Pacific Islanders, for example, face future issues associated with rising sea levels and understanding the possible impacts and adaptive solutions is an area where the Congress can help,” continued Harcombe.

As well as addressing key local issues like climate change and land ownership problems in Papua New Guinea where more than 200 tribes struggle with overlapping boundaries, the event will also grow the profession in Australia. Jon Hutchison, CEO of BESydney, said, “Sydney is a surveyor’s paradise. By coming to our shores, delegates will have the opportunity to learn first hand, how a city as unique as Sydney with its harbour setting, is able to plan and develop spatially-reliant systems such as those most pertinent to the everyday citizen – like transportation,” he said.

Delegates comprise surveyors, academics, researchers, CEOs and practising professionals in the fields of land, hydrographic engineering, quantity surveying, valuation, geodesy, spatial information and satellite positioning.

Keynote speakers at the Congress will include 2007 Australian of the Year, Professor Tim Flannery, and NSW Chief Scientist, Professor Mary O’Kane, a BESydney board member.