FIG President Stig Enemark attends Farewell Symposium for Paul van der Molen

Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, 2 September 2010

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The Farewell Symposium for Paul van der Molen was entitled “Cadastres of the Future”.

FIG President Stig Enemark attended the Farewell Symposium for Paul van der Molen who has decided to retire after a long standing carrier at the Dutch Kadaster and ITC. Paul is also well know and highly recognized for his contributions to FIG and the global surveying community as chair of FIG Commission 7 1998-2002, Director of OICRF, FIG-UN Liaison Ambassador, Honorary Member, and FIG Vice-President 2007-2008.

The Symposium was very well attended by about 100 key professionals from the Dutch Kadaster and ITC. The program included a range of presentations around the theme of “Cadastres of the Future” that has been Paul´s core professional focus throughout his carrier. Key speakers included Stig Enemark, FIG President; András Osskó, Chair of FIG Commission 7; Paul van der Molen, Director of Kadaster International; Christiaan Lemmen, Vice-Chair of Commission 7; and Godfried Barnasconi, Executive Board Member of the Dutch Kadaster. The Symposium was moderated by Dr. Martin Salzmann, Director of Strategy and Policy, the Dutch Kadaster.

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In his keynote presentation President Enemark outlined the major change of the FIG focus over recent years: “From Cadastre to Land Governance”. FIG intend to play a strong role in building the capacity to design, build and manage Land Governance systems in response to Climate Change and in support of the Millennium Development Goals, and thereby taking the land policy agenda forward in a partnership with the UN agencies and the World Bank.

President Enemark further emphasised that Paul van der Molen has contributed strongly to this agenda. His term as Chair of Commission 7 became one the most successful in the FIG´s history. Paul is passionate about Cadastre and Land Administration and the role of the profession in serving society. And he is passionate about education and the interaction with the cadastral agencies and professional practice. The success as chair of Com 7 is of course also due to the great team of Vice-Chair Chrit Lemmen, Secretary Pauline van Elsland, and a strong support from the Dutch Kadaster. FIG is grateful for the contributions of Paul van der Molen over many years and wishes him all the best for happy retirement.

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Prof. Paul van der Molen, Head of Kadaster International; Godfried Barnasconi, Executive Board Member of the Dutch Kadaster; Andras Ossko, Chair of FIG Commission 7; Christiaan Lemmen, Vice-Chair of FIG Commission 7; Pauline van Elsland, Secretary of Kadaster International; Dr. Martin Salzmann, Director of Strategy and Policy, Dutch Kadaster; and Prof. Stig Enemark, FIG President.

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