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 The FIG Climate Compass Task Force is holding a series of three virtual seminars across different global time zones on 20-22 February 2024. During the seminars, surveying/geospatial global experts and practitioners will present case studies of climate impacts and resilience, and an audience-driven brainstorming livescribed will be organized to inform the FIG Climate Compass Task Force's latest publication. The involvement of the audience will provide a space for learning and sharing, and for tabling problem-solving discussions.

Presenters and participants will be defining and assessing what the big global land, carbon and biodiversity issues relevant for surveyors working at national and local levels are. This means thinking about the legal, policy, financial, and capacity implications for rolling out new solutions at scale. Three meetings will be held across the three major global time zones to reach all participants interested in climate - no matter where around the world. 

Climate Compass Task Force Seminar Series

Speakers and registration links for each are available below - please register for the ones accessible to your time zone. 

20 February 2024 – (09:00 CET)

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  • Dr. Paul van Asperen works as Advisor, Digital Framework Environmental Act, Department of Waterways and Public Works, the Netherlands. He has a Ph.D in land administration. His presentation will cover the Netherlands experience with their new environmental planning act and how the new digital framework will support it.

  • Dr. Eranda Gunathilaka, Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Geomatics, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka. He has a Ph.D in tidal monitoring and is Chair of FIG Commission 4 on Hydrography. He will speak on Sri Lanka's national environmental plan (NDC) and surveying challenges and opportunities.

  • Ms. Rumbidzai Chivizhe has an Engineering Masters (Geomatics) and is a Lecturer at Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. She will speak on how to use a range of survey tools to monitor flooding from tropical cyclones.


21 February 2024 – (09:00 AEDT)

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  • Dr. Charisse Griffith-Charles is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management at the University of West Indies in the Caribbean. She will speak on informal settlement regularisation, disaster management and small island developing states (SIDS) using the extensive work she has done on this in the field.

  • Ms. Kate Fairlie, with a Masters from Oxford University in Sustainable Development, works for a globally respected Australian surveying company, Land Equity International, as a land administration specialist. From their work in the region she will present 4 case studies from Asia-Pacific linking land and climate.

  • Third speaker details coming soon - an expert from China will speak on coping with climate change.


22 February 2024 - (09:00 EST) 

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  • Ms. Usue Donezar is the Expert Lead at the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) within Europe. She has 2 Masters degrees (Geoinformation Science; Law and political science). She will speak on Copernicus' climate change service, its free data sets and dashboards used by the world on climate, land, water and marine.

  • Mr. Simon Peter Mwesigye is a Land Tenure specialist at UN-Habitat supporting Ugandan country operations. He is a valuer with a Land Management Masters. He will talk on customary tenure and local forms of land certificates within the national land administration system linked to natural resource certificates for access to wetlands.

  • Mr. Nelson Nieto is an environmental engineer specialising in GIS and climate change. He is a researcher in the field of Earth Observation Technologies of the Research and Prospective Directorate of the Geographic Institute Agustín Codazzi. In his professional and research career he has developed and led research projects in cooperation with international entities in the study and monitoring of natural resources, strategic ecosystems, territorial studies, and risk management.