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Land Use Planning Training Graduates First 2007 Class | September 2007


Fish Ladder at Columbia Gorge Dam


Clean Water Services Overview


Sustainable Agriculture at Luscher Farms


Graduation at Portland State Campus
On September 1, twenty four 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 WU Taiping of the Ministry and Land and Resources (MLR) from Beijing. In addition to the national ministry officials, the twenty four delegates included trainees from: Guizhou, Hebei, Hubei, Jiangxi and Shaanxi provinces and Ningxia and Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous regions. With this graduation, there are now 372 training alumni organized by the MLR from twenty-nine provinces, autonomous regions and major municipalities.

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 local 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 Bethel Heights Vineyard.

During their visit to the Columbia Gorge, the trainees were introduced to the multi stakeholder processes that govern this area: federal, state and local governments and diverse private sector interests. At Luscher Farms, now owned and maintained by the City of Lake Oswego, the delegation learned about the city’s efforts to preserve this historic site as a community reserve for sustainable agriculture, gardens, parks and wildlife.

Following site visits, group work enabled the trainees to study and perform stakeholder analysis on land use case studies that were relevant in both the US and China. 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 this new information in China.

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 judged to be quite active in the session. In addition to the hard work and exchange of knowledge, new friendships were formed.

In addition to expressing its appreciation to the faculty and staff from Portland State University, the Center would like to thank all those presenters and site visit hosts for their generosity and support in sharing their knowledge and hospitality for this training session including: the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, 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 Bethel Heights Winery.

The Center would also like to extend special appreciation for their financial support 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 the contribution of Greenmarket Solutions.

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