In 2009, Sino-German cooperative Xuzhou ecological demonstration area project has inaugural opening in Berlin of the German capital. Xu Ming - Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province and Xuzhou Municipal Party Committee Secretary and Ruttgers - governor of Nordrhein-Westfalen State of Germany signed a letter of intent for co-building Xuzhou Ecological Demonstration Zone Project. Both governments agreed to support universities and research institutions in Jiangsu province and Nordrhein-Westfalen State to be committed to joint research in new energy, energy conservation and emission reduction, mining area ecological environment, modern manufacturing and coal mine safe mining with "Sino-German Research Center for Energy and Mining Area Ecological Environment" as a platform.
The plan will organically link Ruhr Industrial Park to the surrounding functional groups through transport corridors, achieving coordinated development of the respective functional groups; in the meantime, it builds two major landscape function axis of Ruhr industrial park by relying on existing east-west and north-south waters within the Ruhr Industrial Park, so as to organically tie Ruhr Industrial Park with Luliang Mountain scenic spot, Dahu River reservoir with a good surrounding ecological environment for development. The plan uses high-voltage corridor and rivers within the land as the strip-shaped park which will become public activity space for the entire industrial park, and strive to provide the off-work and working people with a continuous, ecological space corridor, walking in the strip-shaped park feel as if into a very large ecological zone.