FIG Working Week - Plenary & Keynote Speaker Highlights

The Working Week replaces this year's NZIS conference and is your opportunity to hear the thought leaders and visionaries from the surveying and spatial industry who will take the keynote stage. There are interesting local and global stories and lessons learnt to share.Watch what these exciting international, national and localexecutives have to say about different aspects of the overall theme “Recovery from Disaster”. Following is a taste of the keynote presentations lined up.

Tuesday 3 May - Ms. Margareta Wahlström, who was Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction until the end of 2015, will make a keynote presentation.


Margareta Wahlström has over 30 years of extensive national and international experience in humanitarian relief operations in disaster and conflict areas, and in institution-building to strengthen national capacity for disaster preparedness, response and for risk reduction.

In November 2008, Ms Wahlström wasannounced as the first Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. She will discuss the post Sendai agenda and the role of the geospatial professional in this agenda. Initiatives since Sendai, such as the 5-10-50 global programme in support of country efforts to reduce the risk of disasters will also be outlined. UNISDR is the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction.

PLENARY SPEAKERS

The programme will be underpinned by invited high-level presentations in three plenary sessions covering topics within the overall theme “Recovery from Disaster”. The nine powerful keynote speakers will set the stage on knowledge sharing and cover best practices, trends and case studies. Presenters include:

THE CHRISTCHURCH STORY "CHRISTCHURCH'S RESPONSE TO THE 2011 EARTHQUAKE" - Tuesday 3 May

Ms. Lianne Dalziel -Mayor of Christchurch.


  • Community and Resilience – A legacy for Christchurch following the Canterbury Earthquake
  • Sequence In the aftermath of the 22 February 2011 earthquake, individuals and communities pulled together and stepped up in a remarkable manner. There were actions that stood out from others. There have also been lessons learnt about the role of community and about those who served and worked directly with the public following the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence.
  • The strategic decision within Council to establish a City Resilience Plan and the role of a Resilience Officer will be shared.

Hon. Gerry Brownlee -Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery andMember of Parliament for the Christchurch constituency of Ilam.


The New Zealand Government’s response to the Canterbury earthquakes Responding to the aftermath of the Canterbury Earthquakes saw the Government take a strong leadership role, including establishing the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, making changes to a range of legislation to accelerate the immediate response and support the ongoing recovery, and provide economic and social support to the people of Canterbury. This presentation is also a chance to hear about the Government’s vision for Christchurch’s future.

Mr. Duncan Gibb,Founding General Manager of SCIRT (Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team)

  • The delivery vehicle for Christchurch’s horizontal infrastructure rebuild
  • The multi-party private-public partnership model for collaborative and organisational leadership and solution development
  • Surveyors and engineers leading collective action to deliver outcomes by involving multiple sectors and perspectives in innovative ways
  • A toolbox legacy for consideration before and after a disaster event or sequence of events.

DISASTER MANAGEMENT RESPONSE AND RECOVERY - THE SURVEYORS RESPONSE -Wednesday 4 May

Dr. Hiroshi Murakami -Deputy Director GeneralGeospatial Information Authority of Japan

  • Long term Experiences from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
  • The subsequent impact on and the challenges ahead for the surveying and geospatial professional in disaster response, recovery and resilience.

Mr. Gregory Scott-United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management

  • United Nations Geo-response to disaster management
  • The impact on and the challenges ahead for the surveying and geospatial professional.

Mr. Keith Bell -World Bank

  • Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction – A World Bank Perspective
  • The subsequent impact on and the challenges ahead for the surveying and geospatial professional.

THE PUBLIC, THE PRIVATE AND THE PREOPLES RESPONSE FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND RECOVERY - NEW TECHNOLOGIES -Thursday 5 May 2016

Mr. Bryn Fosburgh -Trimble Navigation

  • The use of measurement technologies in disaster response, recovery and resilience
  • The challenges ahead for the surveying and geospatial professional.

Prof. Dr. Pengfei Cheng -Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping

  • The use of photogrammetry in China following disasters – a Government Perspective
  • The impact on and the challenges ahead for the surveying and geospatial professional in disaster response, recovery and resilience.

Mr. Sam Johnson-Student Volunteer Army

  • Youth leadership – experiences from natural disasters in Christchurch, Japan, the Philippines, Vanuatu and Nepal
  • From frustration and despair to mobilisation and repair
  • Catalysing a revolution in youth leadership.

The technical programme is being signed off by each Commission Chair and will be made public shortly.

Programme information: http://www.fig.net/fig2016/technical_program.htm

Reasons to Attend FIG Working Week: Q&As

Register at: http://www.fig.net/fig2016/registration.htm

Early-bird registration for NZIS members finishes 31 March 2016 - r egister today and join the discussions on the role of a surveyor and spatial professional in the context of disasters.