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2nd International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference, titled „The Western Balkans Meets the EU: Ongoings Inside Geodetic Domain and Sustainable Development“
Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb, Croatia
26th – 27 th November 2015
Peter Wasström, Head of International Services Department, National Land Survey, Sweden
Peter Wasstrom has a Master of Science in Land Surveying and over 20 years of experience in land and geographic information systems and register, business and strategic planning, project management and international relations at Lantmateriet, the Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority. Peter Wasstrom is now head of International Services Department at Lantmateriet and director of IMPULS an SDI project in the Western Balkan region.
Lantmäteriet is the Swedish Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authority. Lantmäteriet are responsible for registration of title, mortgages, other encumbrances and for collection of stamp duty and carries out sub-division of plots, change boundaries, take decisions concerning registration of ownership and prepare documentation for financing. This is very important when it comes to property safety.
Keynote: Cooperation, coordination, transparency and data sharing – Experiences from the IMPULS work and Lantmäteriet in Sweden
Abstract: In the region of Western Balkan the institutions that are in charge of implementation of the spatial data infrastructure are making significant efforts in implementing the Inspire directive. Due to certain similarities and the fact that the establishment of Spatial Data Infrastructure in the region is generally under the responsibility of the National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies, any problems in implementation of the Directive are trying to be solved in a common way, through the implementation of regional projects. Inspired by the excellent results of the first regional project, called INSPIRATION, which was implemented during 2012-2013 the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency – Sida – has, in June 2014, signed the Agreement with eight institutions in the Western Balkan region regarding implementation of the new four year project named IMPULS. The Swedish mapping, cadastral and land registration authority – Lantmäteriet, is the implementing partner, working in cooperation with the State Geodetic Administration of the Republic of Croatia, being the junior partner. It is expected that the IMPULS project will have significant impact in the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive. This will enable the beneficiaries to meet the EU-requirements, as well as developing interoperability and e-government in each country. The “best practice” developed during the very fruitful Nordic Inspire cooperation (NOSIN) will be used as a “raw model” and the experiences, ways of working and lessons learned are being transferred to the cooperation within the region.
Tomaž Petek, member of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management UN GGIM-Europe
Keynote: Role of Geopatial Infomration in Sustainable Developement Goals – from local to regional and global level
Abstract: Hunger, poverty, disease, disasters, climate change, deforestation, urbanisation and environmental challenges … all those happening somewhere over space and time. In order to measure, monitor and mitigate these challenges we need to bring together the best data (satellite, demographic, statistical, geospatial, and environmental), linking the data together with the one thing they have in common – location. One of the significant opportunities we have in attaining the future we want is to bring together information about people and places from a variety of sources into national monitoring and evaluation systems. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), location information – collected at local, national and global levels, and supported by the best science, tools and technologies – is critical in monitoring targets and indicators. This will enable all nations to analyse and model data, create maps and detect and monitor change over time in a consistent and standardised manner. All this information is linked together by a common thread – geographic location.
This paper would like to provide some important information on:
- How geographic information, combined with other information, will help governments measure and monitor implementation of the SDGs, and why it is important to improve the availability of and access to geographic data and statistics.
- Why geographic location is a core source of information for providing content and context to understand natural and human systems.
- How geographic information helps to measure, monitor and manage sustainable development in a consistent way over time, thereby contributing to evidence-based policy decisions.
Every object occurring on the earth’s surface has a specific location, a geographical location, whether static or dynamic, and is therefore geospatial information. Consequently, almost everything that happens occurs somewhere, and knowing ‘where’ something happens is critically important to our lives. Knowing where people and things are, their location, and their relationship to each other, is essential to informed decision making. Governments now rely on comprehensive and accurate, location-based information to support strategic priorities, making decisions, and measuring and monitoring outcomes. Geospatial information technologies have therefore become critical tools to support national development, economic growth, improved decision making and policy formulation. This has enhanced the capability for governments, international organizations and researchers to analyse, model, monitor and report on sustainable development, climate change, disasters, and other global concerns. The Rio+20 outcome document, ‘The Future We Want’, specifically recognized the importance of “reliable geospatial information” in the areas of national disaster risk reduction strategies and plans (including comprehensive hazard and risk assessments), and for sustainable development, policymaking, programming and project operations. Geospatial information is ubiquitous and can be applied to support every aspect of national development: development and planning; health care and social intervention; disaster management and climate change; crime management; infrastructure management; land management; natural resource management; agriculture; education administration; business; and environmental management. The following are brief examples showing the application of geospatial information to selected Sustainable Development Goals.
Boris Tundzev, President on Chamber of authorized surveyors of Republic of Macedonia, Zlatko Bogdanovski, Faculty of Civil Engineering Skopje, Macedonia, Zlatko Srbinoski, Faculty of Civil Engineering Skopje, Macedonia:
Keynote: Quality Management Systems in Geodesy
Purpose of the conference
The key questions appear to be: How, at what speed and in what ways will the stakeholders in the Western Balkan companies and institutions adjust their practices to the global trends that geodetic profession seems to be faced with and to the requirements of modern corporate governance? The conference incites interdisciplinary discourse about those important issues of nowdays. The conference promotes an accountable handling with business information in accordance with international ethical standards and ethical standards of the European Union.
The conference welcomes academic papers and exciting field stories from around the world. We invite contributors who will offer theoretical and methodological analyses of corporate sector, empirical studies and practical solutions from individual companies and institutions.
Thank you All!
Professor Damir Medak, Conference Chair
Professor Branka Mraović, Chair of the Organising Committee
Assist. Prof. Dražen Tutić, Chair of the Scientific Committee
First call for conference can be found here Geospatial Conference_2015_Call for Papers