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November-December 2011

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Reforming China's Land Policy for its Green Target

The current debate surrounding China's land policies is not just alarmist talk. If the aims of China's land policies do not change from economic growth and the preservation of cultivated land to more environmentally friendly goals, the sustainability of China's amazingly rapid economic growth over the past 30 years, as well as that of other countries, will be threatened due to the intimate international connections in a rapidly globalizing world. At the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, China promised that by 2020 it would reduce carbon emissions by 40 to 45 percent from its 2005 rate. This goal has become a priority in the 12th national five-year plan (2011–2015), but it looks like it will be difficult to achieve.

Rong Tan holds an associate professorship in the Department of Land Management at Zhejiang University in China. He is directing the division of Urban Growth and Land Policy within the department.

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