In the period 5th – 7th February 2020, in Skopje, IGIF workshop was held, organized by the Agency for Real Estate Cadaster, entitled: “Strengthening the professional access to land information in the region of West Balkans” (SPATIAL 2). The workshop was attended by representatives from the region, as well as from related involved international institutions, the Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish cadaster.
On Wednesday, 5th February the event was opened by the Director of the Agency for Real Estate Cadaster, Mr. Boris Tundzev, who pointed out: “It is greatly significant to us that IGIF – Integrated Geospatial Information Framework, provides the basis and directions for the development, integration, strengthening and maximizing the management of geospatial information and the related resources. It helps the countries in bridging the geospatial digital gap in ensuring social and economic prosperity. Our country needs all of these things and I can say that we are at the right place at the right time”.
During the first day, each agency presented its priorities and key areas where they are expecting support from the project SPATIAL 2, and the Action plan for the project was designed.
On Thursday, 6th February, The Director of AREC welcomed the guests and highlighted that: “As a regional project, I am especially happy that there is a special component for the Agency for Real Estate Cadaster of the Republic of North Macedonia. That is why this preaccession program is of special importance to our country”.
Then the attendees were addressed by the special guest, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Kop, who stated: “Projects such as this are important to continue to setup the regional cadasters on professional basis, with the contributions from our common European views of advanced transparency, good governance and the rule of law.”
Finally, the Secretary General of EuroGeographics, Mr. Mick Cory, commended this initiative with the words: “You have fulfilled the crucial role for providing official and detailed geospatial information for significant public purposes. This important role has been presented in the case studies presented in the annual review of EuroGeographics. These case studies show us how our work helps in the implementation of a broad range of social, economic and environmental benefits.
The initiative by UNGGIM/World Bank for the development of a framework for integration of geospatial information provides great potential for reliable data”.
On the last day of this workshop, each group made an individual presentation regarding their status and their needs, the communications required for achieving the targets, as well as visibility and availability of the data. The conclusion of all attendees is that these three days were truthful indeed. Numerous needs were noted, and many future, necessary steps were identified, and the regional cooperation was strengthened.