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Ten Year Anniversary - Sustainable Land Use and Planning Training | March 2010

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2010 marks the tenth anniversary of the Center’s sustainable land use and planning training program with China’s Ministry of Land and Resources. On March 22, more than 80 graduates representing the central ministry and nine different provinces and municipalities from past training sessions assembled in Beijing to celebrate the milestone.

During the workshop, program alumni delivered presentations on the impacts of the training Program in China, sustainable land use and compensation methods for the taking of land for public purpose.

Training program leaders from the U.S. presented Portland Metro’s future development vision, shared public participation models employed during land use decision making, and extended lessons learned regarding sustainable land development. During the discussions, U.S. and China participants expressed high hopes for future collaboration on specific land development and reclamation projects.

Following the workshop, six U.S. delegates joined a five-day training evaluation study tour to NW China’s Shaanxi Province. Deputy Director General Mr. SUN Baoliang from the Department of International Cooperation, Science and Technology at MLR, a 2001 training alumnus, escorted the U.S. delegation during the trip. As a member of the 2001 delegation, DDG Sun was impressed by Oregon’s urban growth management strategy and the extensive public involvement in Oregon’s land use decision making process. One alumnus from Xi’an City credited the Portland training with raising her awareness about scientific land use planning methodologies and the impacts of land use rights on farmers.

The U.S. delegation included Dr. Gil Latz, Dr. Marcus Ingle, Dr. Connie Ozawa and Dr. Shpresa Halimi from Portland State University, Dr. Carl Hosticka from Portland Metro Regional Government, Mr. Scott Muldavin from the Counselors of the Real Estate, Mr. Miansheng Wang and Ms. Hanling Yang from the China US Center for Sustainable Development.

The Center extends special appreciation for the generous financial contributions made to this event and the training program by the Counselors of Real Estate Foundation, the Energy Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

For more information, please contact Lin Zuo.