|China's First Geological Survey Plan|
China's first geological survey plan was released on April 2, 2008 by Ministry of Land and Resources. The plan is made up of 12 parts, including status quo and situation, guiding principles and objectives, overall deployment, energy minerals prospecting, non-energy minerals prospecting, geological activities of mines, basic geological survey, geological disasters and geological environment survey, geological data development and utilization, S&T innovation and expansion of geological activities, and implementation. The plan has also defined missions for seven major areas, including energy and non-energy minerals prospecting, geological activities of mines, basic geological survey, geological disasters and geological environment survey, geological data development and utilization, and S&T innovation and expansion of geological activities.
The plan has set up five near-term goals throughout 2010 as follows: 1) more breakthroughs in mineral resources survey in 2010, with a greatly raised domestic supply of mineral resources; 2) a noticeably lifted level of basic geological survey, completing 25% the national land survey at a scale of 1:50,000; 3) major progresses for marine geological survey, completing the survey of 50% of the waters under China's jurisdiction at a scale of 1:1 million; 4) a noticeably enhanced capacity of geological disasters and geological environment survey, and a remarkably raised level of disaster prevention and preparedness and geological environment protection; and 5) a fully enhanced innovation capacity, with a greatly lifted support and service capability, and a national geological data center.