FIG Commission 8

Term 2011-2014


Highlights Commission Chair 2011-2014

The activities of Commission 8 in the years 2011–2014 have involved all levels of physical planning, which enable environmentally sustainable development to occur. There have been four Working Groups:

Mr. Wafula Nabutola

  •  WG Group 8.1 – Planning Strategy for Urban Development and Regeneration
  • WG 8.2 – Informal Settlements Issues in Spatial Development Planning and Governance;
  • WG 8.3 – Re-engineering of Mega Cities
  • WG 8.4 – Land Policies; Land Use Planning Control and Implementation.

Regarding Spatial Planning, Commission 8 continued to assist in building the capacity of knowledge and skills via case studies, workshops, collaboration and consultation; Contributing to environmentally sustainable development; and Humans Living conditions in a changing globalised world. At the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur the commission was involved in 19 technical sessions and 100 papers. Emerging issues for the commission are Rural Urban Migration and the Impact on Rural Economy and Urban economy; Rapid Urbanization where urban policies are needed; Infrastructure is overwhelmed – Water, Sewers, waste water, solid waste, liquid waste, energy, food security in both urban and rural, conflict over resources; and the role of PPP in meeting these pressing needs.





Working Groups

Working Group 8.1 - Planning Strategy for Urban Development and Regeneration

Policy Issues

  • Planning urban development and renewal and their economic and social impacts
  • The role of partnerships and urbanization process is a role for surveyors in moving towards sustainability in urban development/community living for people and places.


Frank Friesecke,
e-mail: frank.friesecke[at]

Working Group 8.2 - Informal Settlements Issues in Spatial Development Planning and Governance

Policy Issues

  • Commission 8 contributions to the attainment of Millennium Development Goals, all of which have been set to be substantially realized by 2015. Evaluate progress thus far and suggest ways to improve the policies, laws, systems and procedures for their execution
  • to investigate initiatives that deliver land for housing and associated financial mechanisms that enable peoples’ settlements upgrading through participatory approaches to planning and development.

Provisional Terms of Reference

  • Build negotiation mechanisms with Traditional Leaders to enable the expansion of urban areas onto customary owned land by identifying ways in which Customary ownership could be realistically converted to release land for formalised housing, (in collaboration with Commission 7).
  • Explore rapid, new approaches to forward planning and upgrading initiatives that provide places for the poor by partnering with sister organisations of like minds.
  • Deliver environmental sustainable house plots by working with partnership forums to find ways to upgrade infrastructure achieving this by addressing both physical and financial mechanisms.


Eugene Silayo
E-mail silayo[at]

Working Group 8.3 - Re-engineering Mega Cities

Policy Issues

  • To provide opportunities for surveyors to play a key role in solving problems and implementing infrastructure in environmentally sustainable projects/developments in mega cities (large sprawling habitats with two distinct types being economically wealthy and dramatically poor).


Enrico Rispoli,
Email: e.rispoli[at]

Working Group 8.4 - Land Policies; Land Use Planning Control and Implementation

Policy Issues
  • To increase Surveyors‘ contribution to formulation and implementation of land policies in the world in general and in Africa in particular; land use planning and better integrate surveyors expertise in implementation of these policies, plans, implementation processes and agreements and real estate management
  • To increase surveyors’ and planners’ awareness on sustainable planning and implementation of plans based on modern knowledge, technical solutions, rules and legislation, traditions, equity and development and implementation processes in different countries.


Mr. Ibrahim Mwathane,
Email: mwathane[at]