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Two Land Use Training Sessions Conclude Satisfactory 2013 | November 2013

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Presentation - Urban and Rural Reserves

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Discussion - Land Taking and Compensation

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Site Visit - Pearl District

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Site Visit - Johnson Creek Restoration Project

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With the two training sessions completed in 2013, the China-US Sustainable Land Use Training program has now trained 616 Chinese land use planning officials and professionals representing every province, major municipality and autonomous region across China.

From October 12 to 26, the Center hosted two delegations from China’s Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR). In total, 32 officials participated in this year’s training program conducted by the China-US Center for Sustainable Development in partnership with Portland State University (PSU) and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

The delegations were led by MLR Deputy Secretary of Commission ZHANG Xianyu and Deputy Division Chief FAN Yanbo respectively. In addition to the national ministry officials, the delegations also included officials from Ministry offices in Beijing; the Jilin, Shandong, Gansu, Zhejiang, Hunan, Hubei, Henan, Jingxi, Fujian, Sichuan provinces; the Ningxia, and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regions – a total of 13 major jurisdictions across China.

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 the Chinese officials confront.

The 2013 training sessions covered a spectrum of topics and land use challenges facing China. Topics included: US and Oregon Sustainable Land Planning System; Portland Urban Planning Strategies; Land Taking and Compensation; Rural and Urban Reserves; Farm and Forest Land Protection; Mine Reclamation Strategies; Land Restoration Projects; Public Participation; Natural Resources Protection, etc. Twelve speakers from governments, academia, private sectors and NGOs shared their experiences with delegates. In addition to classroom presentations and discussions, a variety of field trips were organized including visits to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Johnson Creek Ecosystem Restoration Project.

At the conclusion of the training sessions, the delegates made group presentations to share what they learned. They discussed the differences between China and U.S. land use approaches and how Oregon’s experience could help resolve China’s land use challenges. This two-way exchange reflects the true spirit of this cross-cultural training program – sharing, communicating and learning from each other.

The China-US Center extends its sincere appreciation to the training program speakers, field trip sponsors and many volunteers for sharing their knowledge and extending their hospitality. These include: Director Jennifer Allen and Assistant Professor Britt Crow from Institute for Sustainable Solutions, PSU; Professor Sy Alder, Toulan School of Urban Studies, PSU; Mr. Roger Nichols and Ms. Claire Puchy, Columbia River Gorge Commission; Mr. Tom Armstrong, Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability; Mr. Robert Wise, Cogan Owens Cogan.; Paddy Tillett, ZGF Architects; Mr. Tim O’Brien, Metro Planning Department; Ms. Karen Williams, Carroll Community Investment; Mr. Eli Callison and Ms. Marie Johnson, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Mr. R. Scott Pemble; Mr. Albert Ricker, The Golden Rule Limited; Mr. Gene Anderson, Assets for Asian Limited; Director Jim Rue, Department of Land Conservation and Development; Mr. Michael Pullen, Multnomah County; Mr. Mike Baker, David Evans and Associates; and Mr. Don Kruger Kruger’s Farm; and Mr. Damon Hess from Sitka Technology Group.

For more information on the training program, please contact Ms.Lin Zuo at the China US Center – 1-503-279-9383.