China Land Use Tour Hosted by Ministry of Land and Resources | July 2007
At the invitation of China’s Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR), the China US Center for Sustainable Development organized a nine member delegation of training partners from the US for a land use study tour in China from June 26 to July 5.
The purpose of the tour was to meet with past participants in the Sustainable Land Use and Planning Training Program, learn more about the planning system and governance in China, evaluate the impact of past training and to then tailor future training programs to better serve the needs of China’s planning professionals. The delegation visited areas representing a diverse economic and environmental cross section of China, including Beijing Municipality and its suburban Yanqing County, Tianjin Municipality, Hohhot City in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Guangzhou City in Guangdong Province.
In Yanqing County, Director ZHANG Shaowei of the Yanqing Land and Resources Bureau, who participated in the US training in 2005, introduced the US delegation to the purpose, process and significance of land consolidation and reclamation work in China. In Tianjin, past trainees highlighted how the lessons learned in the training had impacted their work on ecological preservation and introduced the group to Tianjin’s efforts in historical and culture heritage preservation.
In Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, 2006 training participant Deputy Director-General YUAN Zhongju of the AR Planning Bureau organized a workshop on Inner Mongolia land use planning and economic development. A training participant colleague, Director DONG Shaogu, made a presentation on how Cradle to Cradle design principles had inspired their thinking and work on desert reclamation. The delegation then conducted site visits to reclamation projects in Helingeer County and the Shengle Industrial Park which is the location for the world-class Mengniu Dairy.
In Guangzhou, past trainees accompanied the delegation during a visit to the newly established Mega-University Town as part of the national government’s policy to increase higher education opportunities. The development includes ten newly expanded universities with facilities for 130,000 students. The group concluded the official agenda with a debriefing led by MLR Director General LI Zhijian. In the dialogue, suggestions were made by the MLR to add more mineral resources management components to the training curriculum and to explore the potential for younger land use professionals at MLR to pursue advanced degrees at Portland State University.
The delegation members included: Professor Ethan Seltzer, Director, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University (PSU); Greg Acker, Architect, Director of Sustainability, Sienna Architects, Portland, Oregon; Bob Clay, Supervising Planner, Bureau of Planning, City of Portland, Oregon; Mary Fleischmann, President of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), Chicago, Illinois; Professor Connie Ozawa, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, College of Urban and Public Affairs, PSU; Scott Pemble, Planning Manager, Department of Transportation &amp; Development, Clackamas County Oregon; Tony Souza, National CRE Chairman and President, Souza Realty and Development, Tracy, California; Karen Williams, CRE, Partner in Lane Powell Attorneys &amp; Counselors, Portland, Oregon; and Hanling Yang, Senior Program Manager of the US Secretariat for the China US Center for Sustainable Development.
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