Proceedings of the event/ Publications des contributions

Les publications en français et en anglais sont disponibles sur le site de la FIG, sur le site de la FGF.


French and english version of proceedings are available on FIG Commission 7 website (   and on FGF (Frenchspeaking Land surveyors Federation) http:/ 



Land Policies and Land Governance

International Symposium and Workshop

Jointly organized by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), the Fédération des géomètres francophones (FGF) and the Ordre des géomètres du Cameroun

Yaoundé, Cameroon, 21 Oct. – 25 Oct 2013

The importance of and improvement to land policies and good governance are goals shared by several international organizations. This is the case with the AU Land Policy Initiative, World Bank with its Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF), FAO with the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VG) and UN-Habitat GC23/17 Resolution calling member states to promote security of tenure for all segments of society by recognizing and respecting a plurality of tenure systems, adopting alternative forms of land administration and land records alongside conventional land administration systems.  These regional and global initiatives all strive to provide the security of tenure and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests, in order to eliminate hunger and poverty, support sustainable development and improve environmental management.


The VG were formally approved by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) on May 11, 2012. Global Land Tool Network (with Secretariat at UN-Habitat) has similar objectives in developing pro-poor land tools (such as the Social Tenure Domain Model; Gender Evaluation Criteria; transparency in land administration). It is the same for the tripartite consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) that supports the Land Policy Initiative whose goal is to allow the use of land in order to give impetus to Africa's development.


Surveyors have both the knowledge and professional competence to contribute towards these initiatives. Surveyors are a key stakeholder within the Land Sector and the implementation of land policies and good land governance.  Therefore, the land surveying community must be enabler and catalyst for change management that is needed for the realization of good land policies, land governance and support the implementation of appropriate and affordable land administration systems, basic infrastructure to good land governance and sustainable development.


Being aware of the land surveyors’ responsibilities in supporting the good land governance in Africa, the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the Francophone Federation of Surveyors (FGF) wishes to work with their African colleagues and the international institutional partners to improve the professional environment and develop professional capacity to effectively contribute towards these initiatives. 


FGF has organized a seminar on the assessment of training needs of African surveyors in Niamey, Niger in October 2010, and the first University training sessions in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in October 2012. For its part, the FIG has established the Task Force for Africa and held in May 2013 the Annual Working Week in Abuja, Nigeria. In March 2012, the representatives of the FIG and FGF met in Yaoundé, Cameroun, during the First International Week of the Surveyor and agreed to work together to organize a joint event in Cameroun in October 2013.


Meetings FGF and FIG


FGF will organize its 2013 General Assembly during the week of the symposium and FIG Commission 7 will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting and International Symposium during the week in Yaoundé, Cameroun. This will be a second opportunity in 2013 for surveyors from around the world to engage African surveyors, in particular, in Central Africa.


Land Administration Workshop (23rd October)


The organizers want to take advantage of the presence of international experts and participants to organize a one-day workshop on land administration, a way to exchange experiences, practices and expertise with their colleagues from the region on various aspects on land policies and good land governance.


This one-day workshop will be divided in two sessions. The first session will address issues related to land administration in the context of disaster management, post-conflict, modernization etc. Possible solutions, best practice and tools will also be presented and discuss with a special focus on fit-for-purpose approaches: adapted, appropriate and incremental. The second session will be dedicated to gender issues: gender equity, women access to land, women access to the land surveying profession, etc. as well as education and professional development. At the end of the workshop, the participants will have basic documentations and references and will be more aware about what should be considered, avoided and prioritized to put in place a successful land administration project or improve one, in different contexts, and this, with more equity between genders.


For theses training sessions, simultaneous interpretation services (French and English) will be provided. 


International Symposium on Land Policies and Land Governance (24th October)


Following the workshop, an International Symposium on Land Policies and Land governance will be organized. This symposium will be open to all and the organizers wish to keep the registration fees at a minimal level to encourage regional participation.


The reference framework in terms of land policies and land governance, promoted by major international institutions, will be presented and discussed. This framework includes:


§  Africa Union Land Policy Initiative

§  Global Land Tool Network  Capacity Development Initiative in land policy and other tool-kits.

§  Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF)

§  Fit-for-purpose Land Administration


The academicand professional development needed to support such land policies and improve land governance will also be an integral part of the symposium.  For this International Symposium, simultaneous interpretation services (French and English) will be provided.


Technical tour (25th October)



On the last day, a technical tour will be organized in the surrounding area of Yaoundé presenting special land administration issues.