Tenth Regional Conference on Cadastre and Spatial Data Infrastructure

The Real Estate Cadastre Agency is the organizer of the Tenth Regional Conference on Cadastre and Spatial Data Infrastructure on the topic “The role of national agencies for mapping and cadastre, private geodetic sector and universities on the process of managing geospatial data”, which was held on June 8 and 9, 2017. the Museum of the Macedonian struggle in Skopje.

The aim of this conference is exchange of experiences between the countries in the region in the sphere of cadastre and spatial data infrastructure in order to establish a functional cadastre which should guarantee ownership of property, development of real estate market, increase of number of transactions, improvement of urban planning, development of infrastructure and environment with the aim sustainable development for the benefit of society.

The regional conference includes the cadastres of Slovenia, Croatia, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo *, Albania, Bulgaria and Macedonia. The conference also includes the chambers of private geodetic companies in the countries of the Balkan Peninsula, which is the first time to participate in this conference and is expected to increase their number from next year and their participation becomes traditional.

Representatives of the Swedish, Dutch and Norwegian cadastres also participated at the regional conference, bearing in mind that for 10 years they have continuously contributed greatly to the development of the cadastre in the Balkans. There are also representatives of EuroGeographics, UN-GGIM Europe, Council of European Geodetic Surveyors as well as representatives of faculties of Bulgaria, Croatia and Macedonia.

For ten years now, there has been successful regional cooperation among agencies for mapping and cadastre, which has provided the opportunity for knowledge and good practice exchange, interconnection for the positive development of the cadastre and the possibility of creating new initiatives for regional cooperation such as the establishment of cross-border cooperation in the field of data exchange and services of national GNSS System, joint appearance of the countries of the region in front of international institutions as an equitable participation in regional projects in the field of cadastre and spatial data infrastructure before donation organizations.

As a result of the joint cooperation, the INSPIRATION – Spatial Data Infrastructure of the Western Balkans countries was funded by the European Union. The aim of the project is to promote and strengthen the capacities of the Western Balkan countries in the process of implementing the INSPIRE Directive. After that, the IMPULS project was financed by the Swedish International Development Agency and aims to support the capacity building of national cadastral and geodetic agencies in establishing the national spatial data infrastructure, establishing technical interoperability between institutions in the region, and developing services with aim to exchange and share geospatial data among the countries of the region.

At the beginning of this year, a regional project SPATIAL was launched – Strengthening professional access to land information in the Western Balkans region financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the pre-accession program MATRA. Through this project, assistance is planned for the countries of the Western Balkans in the process of harmonization and improvement of access to available geospatial information. Initiative through the Directive for reuse of Public Sector Information, the INSPIRE Directive, the development of global environmental monitoring services, global geospatial information management (UN-GGIM) for Europe, the Digital Agenda for Europe and the Agenda 2030 Global Land Management and Sustainable Development , Cadastre 2034 and the FIG perspective are paving the way for national cadastral and land administration agencies.