China's Land Subsidence Prevention Project, an endeavor revised by ten ministries, was approved by the State Council on Sunday, according to officials.
The project is China's first countrywide effort to prevent land subsidence, a process where a segment of land experiences a decrease in elevation due to either natural or human-induced causes.
According to project research, more than 50 county-areas in China are suffering from unwanted subsidence, while the total area of land lowered more than 200 millimeters has reached 79,000 square kilometers.
"Three regions have serious land subsidence problems, which include the Yangtze River delta area, north China and the Fenhe River-Weihe River basin area in the Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces," explained Zhang Zuochen, vice president of China Institute of Geo-Environment Monitoring.
"It's important to prevent land subsidence in these three key areas, as this can lead to ground level subsidence, the collapse of buildings and cracks in the ground," said Guan Fengjun, director of the Ministry of Land and Resources.
According to Guan, although the project is on a national scale, it should be thoroughly completed and perfected, especially in the three key areas. The monitoring and subsidence prevention will be most effective if jointly overseen by authorities.