A paper on the potential use of Open Tenure in post-disaster situations was well received at the FIG Working Week 2016 conference held in Christchurch, New Zealand 2 – 6 May 2016. The theme of the conference was the role of the surveyor and allied professionals in reducing disaster risk, responding to disasters, recovery and resilience. 

Key conclusions of the paper were that Open Tenure is a quick to mobilize, affordable post-disaster tool that encouraged community engagement. However, it also concluded: 

  • there is no one technology solution that is appropriate for all post disaster situations,  
  • community engagement should be considered mandatory, 
  • map imagery resolution (including that generated by UAV) needs to be appropriate, 
  • pre-disaster map imagery may be more useful that post-disaster map imagery (but the use of both pre and post disaster imagery is ideal if the two map imagery dat resources are consistently geo-referenced) and 
  • where feasible boundaries mapped by Open Tenure should be defined in terms of physical features identifiable in the map imagery.

For more details read the full paper and paper presentation here