Land Use Program concludes successful 2011 | November 2011
The China-US Sustainable Land Use Training Program completed its 19th training session in October with the graduation of 22 Chinese officials in Portland, Oregon.
The intensive week of training was organized by the China US Center for Sustainable Development in partnership with China’s Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR). The delegation was led by MLR Division Director WU Qianqing and included officials from MLR in Beijing and representatives from Jilin, Anhui, Hebei, Fujian, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hainan, Qinghai and Guizhou provinces and the Guangxi Autonomous Region- a total of 13 major regions across China.
The October session concludes the eleventh year of the training program. To date, 538 officials from every major city, province and autonomous region from China have participated in the training. Planning is already underway for more training sessions in 2012.
The program introduced a spectrum of land use topics in response to current demand in China for creative solutions to complex land use issues. Topics included land use management, farm and forest land protection, land taking and compensation, urbanization management and public participation. Twelve faculty from academia, government agencies, the private sector and non governmental organizations shared Pacific Northwest and US perspectives with the trainees.
The training program is structured to facilitate active participation and cross cultural communication among the trainees and presenters. In addition to classroom presentations and discussion, a variety of site visits were also organized to provide hands on experiences around the training topics.
At the conclusion of the training session, the delegates shared key lessons they learned from their US experience. They compared the differences between the China and US land use planning systems and presented ideas on how the US experience could contribute to China’s land use challenges.
The delegates also shared successful experiences from China’s land use planning system that can inform US planning efforts. This two-way exchange reflects the true spirit of this international training program – sharing and learning from each.
The China US Center extends its sincere appreciation to the training program faculty, site visit sponsors and volunteers for sharing their knowledge and extending their hospitality. These include: Professors Connie Ozawa, Marcus Ingle and Jonathan Fink from Portland State University; Mr. Tim O’Brien, Metro Planning Department; Mr. Bryan Powell, Lane Powell Attorneys; Mr. Paddy Tillett, ZGF Architects; Mr. Eli Callison, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Professor David Albrecht, Concordia University; Mr. R. Scott Pemble; Ms. Claire Puchy; Ms. Britt Crow; and Mr. Don Kruger from the Kruger Farm.
For more information on the training program, please contact Ms. Lin Zuo at the US Secretariat for the China US Center – 1-503-279-9383.