Land Use Training Program Achieves Milestone | November 2010
The China-US Center is pleased to announce the tenth anniversary of the sustainable land use and development training program. With the two training sessions completed in 2010, the program has now trained 531 land use planning officials and professionals representing every province, major municipality and autonomous region in China.
From October 9 to 23, the Center hosted two delegations from China’s Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR). In total, 49 people participated in this year’s sustainable land use planning training program conducted by the China-US Center in partnership with Portland State University (PSU) and its College of Urban and Public Affairs and Executive Leadership Program.
The delegations were led by MLR Division Directors MA Chengjun and WEI Jiandong respectively. In addition to the national ministry officials, the delegation included four provincial Deputy Director-Generals, eleven city-level Director-Generals, five city-level Deputy Director-Generals and a number of Division Directors and researchers from Guangdong, Sichuan, Anhui, Guizhou, Hainan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Henan, Hubei, Shandong and Shan’xi provinces, the Guangxi Autonomous Region and the Municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin – a total of 17 major regions across China.
The 2010 training program included a module on “land takings” and “farm land preservation” in response to current demand in China for creative solutions to these particularly complex land use issues. The PSU training faculty and land planning professionals from Portland and the surrounding region shared their collective experience on these topics including the legal, implementation and compensation issues related to takings and farmland preservation. The concepts and examples delivered by the training faculty raised many questions and led to lively discussions between the trainers and the visitors from China’s MLR.
The curriculum also included sustainable land use management, interagency collaboration, public participation and natural resource protection. The training combined classroom lectures with site visits, providing both theoretical and hands-on experiences.
At the conclusion of each session, the delegates delivered presentations on key lessons learned from the training program. They compared the differences between the China and US land use planning systems and proposed strategies to integrate concepts from their US experience into future land planning in China. The delegates also shared successful experiences and examples from China’s land use planning system with US colleagues. This two-way exchange reflects the true spirit of this international training program – sharing, communication and learning from each other.
The Center extends special appreciation to The Counselors of Real Estate Foundation, the Energy Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for their generous financial contribution in support of the training.
The Center also would like to thank all presenters and site visit hosts for sharing their knowledge and extending their hospitality for these training sessions, specifically: Ms. Claire Puchy, Ms. Maggie Skenderian and Mr. Eli Callison from the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Ms. Karen Williams CRE from Carroll Community Investments, LLC; Mr. Bryan Powell from Lane Powell Attorneys & Counselors; Mr. Ray Valone and Mr. Tim O’Brien from the Metro Planning Department; Mr. R. Scott Pemble from Clackamas County; Mr. Mark Gregory and Professor Sy Adler from Portland State University; and Mr. Don Kruger from Kruger Farms.
For further information, please contact Lin Zuo.