Land Use Training Program Completes Twenty-First Session | April 2012
The China-US Sustainable Land Use Training Program completed its 21st training session in April 2012 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 Concordia University in Portland. The delegation was led by Deputy Director General ZHANG Xiaoyan and included officials from China’s Ministry of Land and Resources in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing municipalities; representatives from Shandong, Henan, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Jilin, Hainan, Hubei and Liaoning provinces and the Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia autonomous regions – a total of 14 major jurisdictions across China.
This is the 12th year of the Sustainable Land Use Training Program and 559 officials from every major city, province and autonomous region throughout China have participated in the training. The training seeks to exchange knowledge between US and China’s land use professionals, share US best practices and examples of sustainable land use and facilitate cross-cultural communication among the presenters and trainees.
The April training session introduced a spectrum of land use topics in response to current demand in China for creative solutions to complex land use issues. Topics included sustainable land use and urban planning, farm and forest land protection, land taking and compensation, urbanization management and public participation. Twelve faculty from academia, government, the private sector and non governmental organizations drew particularly upon Pacific Northwest experiences in addressing these topics. In addition to classroom presentations and discussion, a variety of site visits, including the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Johnson Creek Watershed, were organized to provide hands-on experiences around the training topics.
At the conclusion of the training session, the delegates shared key lessons learned from their U.S. experience. They presented ideas on how the U.S. experience could contribute to China’s land use challenges and also shared successful experiences from China’s land use planning system that can inform U.S. planning efforts. This two-way exchange reflects the true spirit of this international training program – sharing, communicating and learning from each other.
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: Dean Stephen Braun and Professor David Albrecht from Concordia University; Mr. Tim O’Brien, Metro Planning Department; Ms. Karen Williams, Carroll Community Development; Mr. Paddy Tillett, ZGF Architects; Mr. Roger Nichols, Columbia River Gorge Commission; Mr. Tom Armstrong, Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Mr. Kyle W. Anderson, Oregon Sustainability Center; Ms. Marie Johnson, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Mr. Michael Eaton, Multnomah County Government; Mr. R. Scott Pemble; Mr. Gil Kelly; and Mr. Don Kruger from Kruger’s 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.