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Ministry of Land and Resources Training Passes Milestone | September 2007

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Working Group Discussion

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Mayor Hammerstad at Luscher Farm

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Professor Johnson on Watershed Restoration

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Group Presentations

On September 15, twenty nine delegates graduated from the intensive Sustainable Land Use Planning Training Program conducted by the China US Center for Sustainable Development in partnership with Portland State University and its College of Urban and Public Affairs and Executive Leadership Program.

The delegation was led by Director HAN Hongwei of the Ministry and Land and Resources (MLR). In addition to the national ministry officials, the twenty nine delegates included trainees from Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Jilin, Jiangxi, Liaoning, Shanxi and Zhejiang provinces and the Municipality of Beijing. With this graduation, the number of MLR organized graduates passed the 400 mark with a total of 401 alumni representing virtually every province, autonomous region and major municipality.

The training sessions combine classroom lectures with hands-on site visits. The training modules for this session focused on sustainable land use concepts from the public and private perspective, collaborative governance, community involvement and sustainable agricultural practices.

The delegation’s site visits include the protected Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, Clean Water Services of Washington County, Luscher Farms, John Creek Watershed and Siri and Son Farms.

Judie Hammerstad, Mayor of the City of Lake Oswego, discussed the importance and benefits of government leadership in preserving farm land and open space within the urban boundary at Luscher Farms, a community supported agriculture farm. Speaking from his family history and personal experience, PSU Professor Steve Johnson shared with the delegates the importance of community involvement for watershed restoration at the Johnson Creek Watershed. At Siri and Son Farms, the group was introduced to US organic farming practices and the growing market for such products.

Following site visits the group focused on case studies. At the conclusion of the training session, the trainees collaboratively developed presentations on what they learned during the session and shared some of their plans to apply their new experiences in China – a stakeholder analysis tool kit to resolve land use issues was one of the items at the top of the list.

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, including: the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Clean Water Services of Washington County, Lane Powell Attorneys and Counselors, METRO, the City of Lake Oswego, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Steve Johnson, Clackamas County and Siri and Son Farms.

The Center extends special appreciation for their generous financial contribution to the Counselors of Real Estate’s James E. Gibbons Educational Trust Fund and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Center also recognizes with appreciation Greenmarket Solutions for their support.

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