The 22nd China US Land Use Training Session Successfully Completed | November 2012
The China-US Sustainable Land Use Training Program successfully completed its 22nd training session October 14-19, 2012 with the graduation of 25 officials from China’s Ministry of Land and Resources in Portland, Oregon.
The delegation was led by Deputy Director General Diankun Du and included officials from Ministry offices in Beijing; the Shandong, Hubei, Qinghai, Shanxi, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan, Hunan, Hainan provinces; and the Xinjiang autonomous regions – a total of 13 major jurisdictions across China. So far over the last 11 years, 584 officials from every major city, province and autonomous region throughout China have participated in the training.
The intensive week of training was organized by the China US Center for Sustainable Development in partnership with Concordia University in Portland. The training is designed to exchange knowledge between US and Chinese land use professionals, share US best practices of sustainable land use planning, and learn from the experiences and issues confronting the Chinese officials.
The October training session covered a spectrum of topics in order to address the land use challenges China faces. Topics include: US Sustainable Land Use and Urban Planning System; Land Taking and Compensation; Rural and Urban Reserves; Farm and Forest Land Protection; Mine Reclamation Strategies; Public Participation etc. Twelve facilty from academia, government, private sector and non governmental organizations shared their Oregon experiences with delegates. The topic of Mine Reclamation Strategies was introduced for the first time in this session in response to growing demand in China for eco-friendly solutions to mining management.
In addition to classroom presentations and discussions, a variety of site visits, including visits to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Johnson Creek Watershed, were also organized to provide hands-on experience around the training topics.
At the conclusion of the training session, the delegates shared with the faculty the key lessons they learned from their U.S. experience. They presented ideas on how the U.S. experience could help resolve 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. Wayne Lei, Portland General Electric; Mr. Roger Nichols, Columbia River Gorge Commission; Mr. Gil Kelley, Urban and Strategic Planning; Mr. Kyle W. Anderson, GBD Architects; Mr. Paddy Tillett, ZGF Architects; Mr. Tim O’Brien, Metro Planning Department; Mr. Byran Powell, Lane Powell Attorneys; Mr. Eli Callison, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Mr. R. Scott Pemble; Mr. James McKenzie, The Golden Rule Limited; Mr. Michael Pullen, Multnomah County and Mr. Don Kruger from Kruger’s Farm.
For more information on the training program, please contact Ms.Lin Zuo at the China US Center – 1-503-279-9383.