Presenter Information

Hong He

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Ecological Disaster, Transformation, Recovery

Abstract

The steel industry came to Liuzhou in the 1960s and sparked an economic boom that turned it into an industrial center. By the end of the 1980s, however, Liuzhou was among the top four areas in China for acid rain, earning it the name “Acid Rain City.” A city that had historically been known for the natural beauty of its landscape was a mess. This is an analysis of Liuzhou’s clean-up. Today children swim, raft and play in the river, and the sky is remarkably clear given that industrial production is higher today than it was in the 1980s. The project explains and the poster depicts how the city was restored and is now, once again, recognized for the most beautiful landscape in an industrial city and the strongest industrial city with a beautiful landscape in China. The transition from polluted industrial center to ecologically balanced, livable industrial city was accomplished through the implementation of comprehensive plans for economic upgrading and urban transformation. Focusing on the physical environment, the poster shows both the dynamics of degradation in the last decades of the twentieth century and the policies that have brought about recovery and restoration since 2000. Although recovery and restoration are far from complete, Liuzhou has arrived at a point where maintaining its livability through a sustained effort is the main concern.

Poster Number

61

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rex Wirth

Department/Program

Public Administration

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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May 21st, 11:30 AM May 21st, 2:00 PM

Environmental Protection: Recovery and Development in Liuzhou City

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

The steel industry came to Liuzhou in the 1960s and sparked an economic boom that turned it into an industrial center. By the end of the 1980s, however, Liuzhou was among the top four areas in China for acid rain, earning it the name “Acid Rain City.” A city that had historically been known for the natural beauty of its landscape was a mess. This is an analysis of Liuzhou’s clean-up. Today children swim, raft and play in the river, and the sky is remarkably clear given that industrial production is higher today than it was in the 1980s. The project explains and the poster depicts how the city was restored and is now, once again, recognized for the most beautiful landscape in an industrial city and the strongest industrial city with a beautiful landscape in China. The transition from polluted industrial center to ecologically balanced, livable industrial city was accomplished through the implementation of comprehensive plans for economic upgrading and urban transformation. Focusing on the physical environment, the poster shows both the dynamics of degradation in the last decades of the twentieth century and the policies that have brought about recovery and restoration since 2000. Although recovery and restoration are far from complete, Liuzhou has arrived at a point where maintaining its livability through a sustained effort is the main concern.