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FIG Newsletter – March/April 2020

Dear Colleague,

So much has happened since the last newsletter... Countries have closed down, people are working from home, communication takes place via electronic platforms... who thought of that only a few months ago. FIG Working Week 2020 and the FIG General Assembly have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation; and thanks to a very generous local organising committee from Ghana, a new possibility has appeared making it possible to organise FIG Working Week 2020... +1 in the Netherlands.

The technical programme/proceedings has been published. During the days of the Working Week 2020 FIG and GIM Magazine will publish newsletters with articles that will guide you through the technical programme. Look out for the newsletters. If you do not already subscribe to GIM Magazine, you are encouraged to sign up now.

Hopefully you will enjoy this newsletter item filled with various news, from the Aubrey Barker Fund/FIG Foundation grant to World Urban Forum report - from when it was still possible to travel. Please also check the request by UN-Habitat-GLTN. We encourage you to send your contribution to GLTN. Please have a look through the many news items in this issue of the FIG Newsletter.


FIG General Assembly 2020 has been cancelled and postponed to 2021

FIG Council had to cancel FIG General Assembly due to the COVID-19 situation.
The agenda is however still available - please have a look at the planned agenda items and the reports that are published in the agenda.
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FIG Working Week 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19

The Dutch organisers and FIG had looked very much forward to welcoming all to Amsterdam to what should have been the highlight of the year 2020. However in March it became clear that the Working Week had to be cancelled. Read more

Tecnical programme / proceedings
The technical programme / proceedings have been published. During the days 9-14 May, FIG and GIM Magazine will guide you through the sessions and highlights. Do not miss these newsletters. Register now.

FIG Working Week 2020 +1

During March and April FIG and the Dutch local organisers have worked on finding the best possible solution for the cancelled Working Week. FIG Working Week 2020 in the Netherlands will be moved to 2021. The Ghanaian Local Organising Committe has generously offered that FIG Working Week 2021 can take place in the Netherlands.
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Geomatics World and GIM Magazine asks FIG President about the Coronavirus crisis

Geomatics World Magazine asks how FIG is dealing with the Coronavirus Crisis - read Rudolf Staigers response
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United Nations 10th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)

FIG Vice President Diane Dumashie represented FIG at the WUF10 with the theme: Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation
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Aubrey Barker Fund/FIG Foundation Course Development Grant Recipient

Grant recipient has been selected. Congratulations to Dr Trias Aditya, Indonesia for his interesting course project.
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GhIS help fight against Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana

Ghana Institution of Surveyors has developed a software that can detect and trace all persons who have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.GhIS presented a cheque of ¢50,000.00 towards the Covid-19 National Trust Fund.
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Share your COVID-19 experiences with GLTN

FIG has received a request from UN-Habitat-GLTN and encourages you to reply to GLTN.
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Article of the Month

Each month on FIG web site you can find a special selected paper called "FIG Article of the Month".

The article of the month March 2020 is written by: Prosper Washaya & Minyi Li, China. China’s Geospatial information industry fights against COVID-19 This article describes how geospatial information is being used effectively in a crisis situation; in this case fighting the COVID19 virus in China.  Read the article

April 2020 is written by: Kari Strande, Norway. Comprehensive Databases for Seabed Environment This paper was presented at the FIG Working Week 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The article unique collaboration programme in Norway called MAREANO. The programme contribute to a knowledge based conservation and use of the resources at sea. Read the article


Where to Start? A Guide to Land-Based Finance in Local Governance - New GLTN Publication

This new UN-Habitat / GTLN publication is a Guide that aims to expand the understanding of local leaders on taxes and fees related to land and the advantages of this approach.
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30 August-5 September 2020, Bern, Switzerland
FIG Commisison 7 Annual Meeting Organised by Commission 7 and Federal Office of Topography swisstopo  Save the date

14-18 September 2020, Timisoara, Romania
Romanian Surveyors Week

12-15 October 2020, Vancouver, Canada
YII2020 - The Year in Infrastructure 2020 Conference, Organised by Bentley Systems, supported by FIG.

13-15 October 2020, Berlin, Germany
Intergeo. Get complimentary entrance ticket to the fair through FIG.
Web site: www.intergeo.dee

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Ms. Louise Friis-Hansen

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