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Newly Revised Surveying and Mapping Law of China promulgated and will come into effect as of July 1, 2017

Source:NASG    Time:2017-05-24 09:53:00

On April 27, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping signed Presidential Decree No. 67 to promulgate the newly-revised Surveying and Mapping Law of the People’s Republic of China. The newly-revised Surveying and Mapping Law was approved at the 27th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the 12th National People's Congress, and will come into effect as of July 1, 2017. 

The newly-revised Surveying and Mapping Law, comprising 10 chapters and 68 articles, includes general provisions, surveying and mapping datum and systems, basic surveying and mapping, boundary and other surveying and mapping, qualifications for surveying and mapping, surveying and mapping results, protection of survey markers, supervision and administration, legal responsibilities and supplementary provisions. The Chapter of Supervision and Administration is added to the previous edition.  

The revision of the law aims to strengthen surveying and mapping administration, promote surveying and mapping development, serve economic growth, national defense, social progress and ecological protection with geospatial information, and safeguard national geoinformation security. The law revision implements the principles of “strengthening data sharing and promoting application, making overall planning and giving coordinated guidance, standardizing supervision and emphasizing responsibility, streamlining administration and optimizing services”.  

The new law presents five highlights: strengthen the administration of GNSS CORS stations, safeguard national geoinformation security and protect private information; promote social applications of surveying and mapping results, and stimulate the vitality of the geospatial industry; strengthen the publicity and education of the awareness of the national territory, and improve supervision of maps and Internet map services; establish the systems of geographical conditions monitoring and emergency mapping, and improve geoinformation services; and advance the work of “streamlining administration, delegating powers to lower levels and optimizing services” in a coordinated manner, and accelerate the transformation of government functions.


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