On 5 September 2023, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) issued the ‘Work Plan for the Construction of the National Territorial Spatial Planning Implementation Monitoring Network (2023-2027)’ (hereafter referred to as the “Plan”), so as to support the “digitisation” and “networking” to realize “intelligent” life cycle management of territorial spatial planning.
The Plan clearly states that the National Territorial Spatial Planning Implementation Monitoring Network, as an important means for building a supervision system for the implementation of territorial spatial planning, mainly covers three levels of construction, namely the business linkage network, the information system network, and the open governance network. According to the plan, by 2025, the basic framework of a National Territorial Spatial Planning Implementation Monitoring Network will be formed, pilot projects will be completed, and a technical plan for the construction of the National Territorial Spatial Planning Implementation Monitoring Network will be defined that has been verified in practice and is scientifically feasible. Moreover, the technological requirements for the network architecture, scenario functions, algorithm models, data governance, and other aspects are to be unified by 2025. By 2027, the National Territorial Spatial Planning Implementation Monitoring Network with connectivity between higher and lower levels, business collaboration, and data sharing will be established, and an open governance ecosystem will be formed as a whole.
The Plan calls for strengthening organisation and implementation, requests provincial-level natural resource departments to formulate implementation plans for their respective provinces (including autonomous regions and municipalities) based on local conditions, and to further refine and clarify work objectives and key task measures. In addition, it also asks for strengthening working guidance, promoting the digital transformation of territorial spatial planning governance, strengthening supervision of planning and implementation, and maintaining the scientific, coordinated, and authoritative nature of planning.
The Plan also supports pilot projects by selecting provinces, cities, or districts (counties) to deploy and carry out pilot projects for the Territorial Spatial Planning Implementation Monitoring Network, and explore multi-level construction methods, paths, and policy mechanisms.