Experts brainstorm on rural rejuvenation
2018-04-12 16:31:00

More than 200 experts from China and abroad as well as representatives from financial, industrial and business communities gathered to exchange ideas on rural development at the first Jiangsu International Conference on Rural Revitalization held in Liyang City on April 11.

“The German countryside has also seen problems such as declining populations, aging and empty houses,” said Marc Redepenning, a professor of history and geography at the University of Bamberg, Germany, in a keynote speech. He said on one hand rural governance needs investment in building multi-functional homes and comprehensive stores to create self-supportive communities. On the other hand, it must formulate a rural development plan to encourage local organizations and villagers to participate, empowering them to achieve self-progress.

Wang Jianguo, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a professor at the School of Architecture of Southeast University, said rural revitalization cannot be realized simply by bringing industrialization to rural areas. Instead, it must strike a balance among people’s well-being, production and ecological benefits. Efforts should serve the needs of villagers and adjust to local conditions. Free professional training for rural planners and architects should be strengthened to introduce technology in the countryside, he said.

In the roundtable dialogue, participants agreed that the countryside provides fertile ground for traditional culture. Huge productivity can be created by exploring and protecting the cultural heritage of the countryside in accordance to each region’s cultural charms.

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