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network Close-up Commonwealth Association commonwealth of Surveying and Land Economy Conferences, seminars and publications help CASLE members set professional standards, share technological innovations and promote dialogue with governments The Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE) was formed in 1969 as an association of independent CASLE publications professional societies, and other Survey Review is a prestigious international journal founded in 1931, which bodies, in the fi eld of surveying, and land was owned by CASLE until 2006 when it became a limited company. A and marine economy. It aims to foster development close relationship is maintained by CASLE representation on the board of the profession in Commonwealth of trustees and the administrative duties being undertaken by the CASLE countries, facilitate the sharing of Secretary General. CASLE currently has two publications of its own: A technology and promote dialogue between Guide to Dispute Resolution, which is now in its second edition, and An member institutions and others, including Introduction to Building Maintenance Management. governments. CASLE holds conferences and seminars, as well as producing publications and offering In the past, although much of its activity consultancy. Subjects tackled include has been mostly on a voluntary basis, land administration, dispute resolution, risk CASLE has always been grateful for some management, climate change, construction funding from the Commonwealth Foundation. sustainability and the management of professional The change in funding arrangements practices. Ultimately governed by the Commonwealth Foundation in the by a General Assembly (at which offi cers autumn of 2012 made CASLE look carefully are elected), the CASLE president, regional at what it could offer potential sponsors. presidents and offi cers communicate on a In recent years, sponsorship has become regular basis by electronic conferencing, more diffi cult to obtain, so CASLE is with the Secretary General responsible looking more towards collaborative events for implementing their decisions. The organisation to widen its appeal. It was unsuccessful in has been actively involved in the a bid for a participatory grant for a project biennial meetings of the Commonwealth in Africa but was awarded a small grant to People’s Forum and was invited to take part undertake an education survey and to seek in a High Level Review of the Commonwealth alternative sources of funding. in July 2001. The next CASLE General Assembly 76 l www.global -br ief ing.org second quar ter 2014 global and conference, in collaboration with the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS), will take place in Takoradi, Ghana, in March 2015. The theme will be Raising the Standards and a large attendance is anticipated during Surveying Week for the surveyors of Ghana. Young surveyors are invited to apply for the annual CASLE Lecture Prize sponsored by the Aubrey Barker Fund, a registered charity associated with CASLE, for a research paper to be presented at a CASLE conference. The value of the prize for 2014 is equivalent to £500 and the closing date for applications is 16 September 2014. See: www.casle.org for further details CASLE president Professor Chitra Weddikkara with Christine Platt and Clive Harridge from the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) and colleagues at the People’s Forum, CHOGM 2013, Sri Lanka


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