From Xinhua News Agency:
China plans to start its second national land survey before 2010, said an official with the Land and Resources Ministry (MLR) on Monday.
The survey will collect details about land use in all cities and counties, and 95 percent of villages in China, said Fan Zhiquan, director of the land ownership department of the MLR.
A national database is expected to be established after the results are collated and Fan said the survey will help the government improve its understanding of the current land use situation and map out effective policies to tighten land and resources management.
China started to conduct its first national land survey in 1984 and most of the data is now out of date, said Fan. [Full Text]