China set to launch its first national geographic census


People’s Republic of China is all set to launch its first national census of geographic conditions later this year. The Census is scheduled between 2013 and 2015.

The Census is reportedly said to target natural and cultural elements on the surface of the earth within the vast territory that China encompasses. Basically general and locational information about land features, vegetation, water bodies, transportation among other utilities will be collected during the Census.

Looks like the Census will be the biggest Geographic Information collection exercise, considering the length and breadth of China and its population. As a matter of fact, China is the world’s most populous country and the third largest country in terms of geographic area.

The Census aims to gather objective and accurate geographic information which will help provide the basis for creating and carrying out national development plans besides facilitating ecological conservation efforts in the country.

Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed by June 2015, featuring data collection and processing. Phase 2 includes analysis of information and is scheduled for December 2015.

This census is in all possibility the biggest “single” geographic data collection event in recent history. And yeah, they need to cover only an area of 9,707,000 km²


P.S: It looks like the Chinese Cabinet cleared this Census sometime earlier this week.


I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.


  1. National Geographic Census is great Innovation for development of any Country, If well educated Census staff will assign and collect the proper information, Countries almost problems will get resolve………….


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