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China issues guideline on setting limits in territorial spatial planning

Updated: Nov 02,2019 07:21 AM    Xinhua

BEIJING — China has unveiled a guideline on Nov 1 to promote the coordination and implementation of setting limits in its territorial spatial planning.

The document, jointly issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, stressed the importance of ecological protection, farmland protection and economical use of land.

The limits, as red lines for the adjustment of economic structure, planning of industrial development and advancement of urbanization, will consolidate the foundation for the sustainable development of the Chinese people, the guideline said.

Efforts will be made to further set red lines for ecological protection based on ecological functions. Priority will be given to regions with important functions such as biodiversity, soil and water conservation and regions with extreme ecological vulnerability.

To ensure national food safety and the supply of important farm produce, permanent basic farmland will be defined and given permanent special protection, the guideline said.

The guideline also required setting boundaries for urban development based on green development requirements.

By the end of 2020, the defined limits for the three aspects will be incorporated into the national unified information platform for land and space, so as to achieve information sharing and stricter control.

By 2035, China will be blessed with the formation of a scientific, moderate and orderly territorial spatial distribution system via strengthened management of territorial spatial planning, according to the guideline.