CASLE Conference held in Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Bagamoyo, Tanzania, 13-17 March 2006

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Dr. Diane Dumashie and Vice President Ken Allred at the Conference in Bagamoyo.

Vice President Ken Allred and Diane Dumashie, chair of Commission 8 represented FIG at a recent Africa Regional conference of CASLE in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The conference theme was Promoting Sustainable Land Management in Africa and was held during the week of March 13-17 in the historic town of Bagamoyo about an hours drive north of Dar es Salaam.

Nearly fifty papers addressed sub themes such as innovative land tenure systems, equity issues, access to land, and land titling to name a few. Speakers and delegates represented most of the British Commonwealth countries in Africa as well as the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Sweden, Germany and Canada. Approximately 200 people were in attendance.

Many of the issues raised in Bagamoyo were similar and followed the theme of the FIG conference held the previous week in Accra, Ghana. It is clear from the discussions in both Accra and Bagamoyo that the land tenure and housing issues facing sub Saharan Africa are complex and in need of very careful analysis and strategic direction in order to make the most of limited resources.

The conference was organized by the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy, UN Habitat and the African Real Estate Society and co-hosted by the Institution of Surveyors of Tanzania and the Tanzanian Institution of Valuers and Estate Agents.