Global summit in Ghana: Land, ethics and sustainability

The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) annual Working Week took place in Accra, Ghana, from 19 to 23 May. The attendees explored the theme ‘Your World, Our World: Resilient Environment and Sustainable Resource Management for All’.

Ethics and transparency

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo delivered a compelling opening speech. He made a direct connection between the work of surveyors and the value of secure land tenure. This dynamic is crucial in resource-rich countries like Ghana, where all too often economic gains are prioritised over social and environmental improvements. The importance of ethics and transparency in land tenure were common themes throughout the week.

Kadaster's participation

The Dutch Kadaster was an active participant during the week. We networked with development cooperation partners. We also shared knowledge on the latest cadastral developments, such as 3D cadastre, Public Services on Geospatial Data (PDOK), and innovations in National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). We also chaired workshop sessions and task force groups on the Sustainable Development Goals, Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration, and the Land Administration Domain Model.

FIG will continue its advocacy, networking, and knowledge sharing work across 2024. The next FIG Working Week will be held in Brisbane, Australia, April 2025.