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Training Resumes Following the Earthquake | May 2009


Graduation Day


Leading the Discussion


Comparing Wetlands' Preservation


A Lively Exchange of Opinions

It is with pleasure and heartfelt memories that the China US Center announces the resumption of training programs following the devastating earthquake of May 12, 2008. On April 25, 2009, twenty four delegates organized by China’s Ministry of Land and Resources participated in an intensive one week Sustainable Land Use Planning Training Program conducted by the Center in partnership with Portland State University and its College of Urban and Public Affairs and Executive Leadership Program.

The delegation was led by Director XIA Jun of the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR). In addition to the national ministry officials, the twenty four delegates included trainees from Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Jilin, Jiangxi and Liaoning provinces, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the Municipality of Beijing. To date, 425 MLR officials have graduated from the training program, representing virtually every province, autonomous region and major municipality in China.

The training sessions combine classroom lectures with hands-on site visits. The training modules for this session focused on land use policy, private property rights, farm land preservation, wetlands, integration of land use and transportation planning and collaborative governance. The delegation’s site visits include the protected Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area.

The training was structured to include daily reflections on the previous day’s experience. At the conclusion of the training session, the trainees collaboratively developed presentations on what they learned during the session covering the five subjects: effective land use zoning; cross agency coordination; participatory governance; solutions to rural migration; and sustainable natural resource management.

Prior to the graduation ceremony, the participants completed written and oral evaluations regarding the training curriculum and shared ideas for continued improvement. The interaction among the presenters and the participants was lively.

The Center would like to thank all those presenters and site visit hosts for sharing their knowledge and extending their hospitality for this training session, especially: Ms. Claire Puchy, Ms. Mary Wahl and Mr. Tom Liptan from Portland Bureau of Environmental Services; Dr. Dongquan He from The Energy Foundation China; Mr. Bryan Powell, Esq. at Lane Powell Attorneys and Counselors; Mr. Richard Benner, Esq. and Tom Kloster from Portland Metro; Mr. R. Scott Pemble from Clackamas County; and Mr. Don Kruger at Kruger Farms. The Center extends special appreciation to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for their generous financial contribution in support of the training.

For further information, please contact the Center at info@chinauscenter.org.