Conference & Forum

The 5th International Conference on Eco-Compensation and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)

24 Nov 2016 - 25 Nov 2016 Kunming, The People's Republic of China

ADB Vice President Stephen Groff highlighted the long-term partnership with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on developing the PRC’s eco-compensation agenda in a recorded welcome message shown at the 5th International Conference on Eco-Compensation and Payments for Ecosystem Services on 24 November in Kunming. NDRC Deputy Director General Xiao Weiming, and ADB East Asia Department Director General Ayumi Konishi opened the event and also launched the “Toward a National Eco-Compensation Regulation in the PRC” publication. Over 150 representatives from ADB developing member countries, international organizations, private sector, and academia discussed innovations, developments, and lessons in implementing eco-compensation and payment for eco-system services in the PRC and other countries.  


Arrival of Participants in Kunming and Early Registration

Registration/Collection of Conference Materials

08:00 – 08:30Registration
Opening Plenary: Setting the Stage
Chair: Chen Shijing, Deputy Director General, NDRC
08:30 – 09:00Welcome Remarks

  • Xiao Weiming, Deputy Director General, NDRC

  • Ayumi Konishi, Director General, East Asia Department, ADB

  • Deng Zhigeng, Deputy Secretary, CAEP, Ministry of Environment Protection

  • Liu Deqiang, Director General of the Yunnan Provincial Development Reform Commission

09:00 – 09:30Keynote Presentations:

Advances in the PRC’s Eco-Compensation Program and Policy Framework
Chen Shijing, Deputy Director General, NDRC

Mainstreaming Eco-Compensation into Development: The ADB Vision
Alvin Lopez, Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist, East Asia Department, ADB

In Focus: Book Launch
Toward a National Eco-Compensation Regulation in the People’s Republic of China; and Eco-Compensation Status Report (Chinese version)
09:30 – 10:00Group Photo and Coffee / Tea Break
Session 1: Recent Developments and Innovations in Payments for Ecosystem Services and Other Ecosystem Financing Instruments
Chair: Qingfeng Zhang, Director, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division, ADB
10:00 – 10:10Eco-Compensation Legislation Development in the PRC – Progress, Challenges and Next Steps
Prof. Wang Jin, Peking University Law School
10:10 – 10:20An International Overview of Innovative Financing Instruments for Ecosystem Management, and Implications for the PRC
Michael Bennett, Senior Advisor, Forest Trends; Adjunct Research Fellow, CEPRC
10:20 – 10:30Progress in Payments for Forest Ecosystem Services in Viet Nam
Pham Hong Luong. Director, Department of Planning and Finance (DPF), Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST)
10:30 – 10:40 An Overview of Valuation of Ecosystem Services and PES in Central Asia-Progress, Challenges and Opportunities
Oleg Guchgeldiyev, Independent Development Consultant, Turkmenistan
10:40 – 10:50Current Status and Developments in REDD+ Globally
Jonah Busch, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
10:50 – 12:00Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Qingfeng Zhang, Director, East Asia Department, ADB


  • Ina Porras, IIED Senior economist

  • Jin Leshan, CEPRC executive director

12:00 – 13:30Lunch Break
Session 2: Eco-Compensation And Poverty Reduction
Chair: Paul Steele, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
13:30 – 13:40Setting the Social and Environmental Agenda in the PRC: Why is it Important?
Zuo Ting, Senior Advisor, China Poverty Alleviation and Development Center
13:40 – 13:50Enabling Conditions to Foster Success in National Programmes: Messages from Cambridge International Workshop
Ina Porras, Senior Economist, IIED
13:50 – 14:00Q&A
14:00 – 15:00Panel: Practical Experiences in Combining Poverty and Environment at National Level

Eco-Compensation and Poverty Reduction in the PRC: Current Progress and Future Directions (10 Min)
Leshan Jin, Executive Director, China Eco-compensation Policy Research Center (CEPRC)

The Experience of South Africa (10 min)
Luvuyo Mlilo, Chief Director, Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Programmes, South Africa

The National Greening Programme (10 min)
Marites Aquino, Forest Management Bureau, Philippines
15:00 – 15:30Coffee / Tea Break
15:30 – 17:10Session 3: Monitoring Ecosystem Services and Impacts of Eco-Compensation and PES Programs
Chair: Ren Hongyan, Environment Specialist, ADB

Measuring and Monitoring Ecosystem Services and PES Impacts
Meng Han, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre China Representative

Accounting Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP)
Ouyang Zhiyun, Deputy Director of RCEE, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Grassland Eco-Compensation in the PRC: What can and what cannot be monitored?
Hu Zhentong, China Institute for Rural Studies, Tsinghua University

Development of Feasible Indicators for Restoration of Watershed Services
Mark Kieser, Senior Scientist and Principal at Kieser & Associates, LLC

Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Alvin Lopez, ADB

  • Palmer Hough, USEPA

  • Oleg Guchgeldiyev, Consultant, Turkmenistan

15:30 – 17:10Session 4: Watershed and Trans-Provincial PES and Eco-Compensation
Chair: Zhun Chunquan, IUCN China Country Director

Horizontal Eco-Compensation in the PRC Trans-Provincial Watershed Management
Wang Qi, Director, Ministry of Environmental Protection

On PromotingTrans-Provincial Eco-Compensation Schemes
Liu Guihuan, Research Fellow, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning

Eco-Compensation in the Dongjiang River between Jiangxi and Guangdong
Kong Fanbin, Vice President, Jiangxi Academy of Social Sciences

Water Funds in the PRC
Mu Quan, Project manager, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Michael Bennett, Senior Advisor, Forest Trends

  • Fabien Quetier, BIOTOPE

  • Song Jianjun, Macroeconomics Institute

18:00 – 20:00Conference Dinner

09:00 – 10:45Session 5: Market-Based Eco-Compensation Mechanisms and the Role of the Private Sector
Chair: Ouyang Zhiyun, Deputy Director of RCEE, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Wetland Mitigation Banking: Approaches to Credit Determination
Palmer Hough, US Environmental Protection Agency

Trust Funds as a Tool to Protect the Water Source Areas: A Case Study in Longwu, Zhejiang Province
Chu Qingxin, Researcher, Wangxiang Trust Research Center

Implementing Biodiversity Offsets – Challenges and Opportunities: Lessons Learned from the French Experiences
Fabien Quetier, BIOTOPE Senior Consultant

Market Based Eco-Compensation Mechanism for Forest Carbon Sink
Qi Jiuhong, Director of Research Department, China Beijing Environmental Exchange

Carbon Trading Mechanism and Potentials in the PRC
Wei Zhihong, Tsinghua University Professor

Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Fei Yu, Senior Economist, ADB

  • Liu Jixin, FECO Project Manager of GEF Chishui PWS Project

  • Sun Yiting, Director, WWF China Sustainable Finance

09:00 – 10:45Session 6: The Yangtze River Economic Belt (YREB) – Mainstreaming Eco-Compensation into Potential Ecosystem Restoration Projects in the YREB Region
Chair: Li Yuan, Director, Yunnan Development and Reform Commission

Eco-compensation in Yunnan Province: experiences and future priorities
Li Yuan, Director, Yunnan DRC

Eco-compensation in Qinghai Province: experiences and future priorities
Hou Baojian, Director, Qinghai DRC

Eco-compensation in Sichuan Province: experiences and future prioritiess
Yu Hua, Director, Sichuan DRC

Eco-compensation in Chongqing Municipality: experiences and future priorities
Ye Chengli, Deputy Director, Chongqing DRC

Rehabilitation of the Dianchi Lake
Chen Zhiqiang, Deputy Director, Dianchi Lake Management Bureau

Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Qingfeng Zhang, Director, ADB

  • Ge Chazhong, Director, CAEP of MEP

  • Jiang Yong, WWF China Senior Manager of Yangtze Program

10:45 – 11:00Coffee / Tea Break
11:00 – 12:00Concluding Session
Chair: Pan Xingliang Deputy Director, NDRC
Review and Adoption of the 2016 Conference Statement
Venue: Ball Room at the 3rd floor, Wanda Vista

Concluding Remarks

  • Li Yuan, Director, Yunnan DRC

  • Qingfeng Zhang, Director, East Asia Department, ADB

  • Pan Xingliang Deputy Director, NDRC

12:00 – 13:30Lunch


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