Friday, June 20, 2008

China Stamp: 2008-15

China Stamps
Name: The 2nd National Land Survey
Number: 2008-15
Date of Issue: 25 June 2008
Value: 2 stamps/set

1.20 Yuan (2-1):
Land Survey in Rural Areas
1.20 Yuan (2-2): Land Survey in Urban Areas

China started its second national land survey on July 1st, 2007 to obtain up-to-date and accurate land data for policy making. Local authorities should finish the survey before the end of June 2009 and report the new land data to the Ministry of Land and Resources on Oct. 31, 2009.

China will use advanced remote imaging technologies to survey all the land used for different functions including farmland, forests, land used by industry and infrastructure and development parks. Acreages and their distributions will be mapped and recorded nationwide. China will build an electronic database for all the survey findings and figure out statistical and monitoring methods to track changes in land resources and a system to update the information quickly, said the circular.
The second land survey will help build a resource-saving and environmentally-friendly society and to maintain sustainable economic growth. The survey will help the government carry out scientific land planning, use and protect land effectively, and introduce tough measures to protect arable land

China conducted its first national land survey in 1996 but, given the huge changes that have taken place in urban and rural areas, the data collected 12 years ago are now out of date.

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