8th FGF Universities & FIG-ARN Annual Workshop
Dakar, Senegal – 27, 28 et 29 November 2019.
The 2019 edition of our Francophone Universities for the Advanced-Training of Surveyors, organised in partnership with the FIG Africa Regional Network (ARN), brought together more than 400 surveyors from the private and public sectors, researchers, teachers and students from 28 countries. For the first time, the French and English-speaking communities of African surveyors were gathered to discuss together the sustainable governance and transformation of the territories.
The programme of this 2019 « Surveyor’s Working Week » in Africa is available here.
And because the future of the profession is being prepared today, the Universities of Dakar were preceded, on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 November, by the 2nd Young Surveyors African Meeting (2YSAM) on the theme « Connecting Generations to our Common Future« .
On the agenda (available here) is a reflection on the sustainable development of African societies after the advent of multilateralism and the interdependence of nations, a projection on the future of the land surveyor profession and feedback on the FIG’s international volunteer programme for securing land rights for the most vulnerable communities (GLTN-FIG Volunteer Community Surveyor).
Finally, after its creation last year in Rabat, the Collectif des femmes géomètres francophones presented in Dakar its action plan aimed at combating prejudices and obstacles to a better representation of women in the profession, from access to training courses, and covering all aspects of professional practice, in the private and public sectors.
Sessions and round tables
The land surveyors present in Dakar were strongly mobilized to participate in the 5 technical sessions and 4 newly proposed round tables on urban planning, the inventory of skills and needs in geodetic reference systems, integrated land and water management and the modernization of cadastral systems.
All these themes have great potential to mobilize the profession on the African continent and provide food for thought on the fundamental dimension of the major economic, political, social and environmental challenges of the early 21st century, which are challenging and disrupting the lifestyles and organization of human populations.