Conference & Forum

The 6th International Conference on Eco-Compensation and PES Linking Growth, Conservation and Rural Welfare via Natural Capital

8 Dec 2017 - 9 Dec 2017 Chongqing, The People's Republic of China

Eco-compensation broadly refers to a range of potential policy directions and approaches to environmental management, with the goal of improving outcomes by accounting for the costs and benefits of environmental goods and services in economic activities. In 2016, the PRC’s National Development and Reform Commission, tasked with developing a national eco-compensation regulatory framework, described eco-compensation as:

  • Rewards for protecting ecosystems and natural resources;
  • Compensation for environmental damage; and
  • Fees charged to those who pollute the environment.

The key objectives of this year’s international conference on eco-compensation and payment for ecosystem services (PES) are to: 

  • Facilitate information exchange on innovations and progress in eco-compensation across the PRC to interested parties within the PRC and other developing countries;
  • Help key stakeholders in the PRC and other developing countries understand current progress of international experiences in PES and other innovative financing mechanisms for environmental management;
  • Better understand and strengthen the linkages between eco-compensation, PES and poverty reduction; and
  • Strengthen the global network amongst eco-compensation and PES practitioners.

ADB supports the PRC’s eco-compensation agenda through technical assistance projects, pilot programs at provincial and sub-provincial levels, and knowledge support for the national eco-compensation legislative framework and technical guidelines.

  • Department of Western Region Development of National Development and Reform Commission
  • Chongqing Development and Reform Commission
  • China Eco-Compensation Policy Research Center
  • Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning (CAEP)
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences

Arrival of Participants in Chongqing and Early Registration

Registration/Collection of Conference Materials at Hyatt Regency Chongqing Hotel

08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 10:00Opening Plenary: Setting the Stage
Chair: Wang Zhiqiang, Deputy Director General, Chongqing DRC
08:30 – 09:15Welcome Remarks and Keynote Speeches

  • Ou Xiaoli, Director General, Western Region Development Department, NDRC

  • Indu Bhushan, Director General, East Asia Department, ADB

  • He Jun, Deputy Director General, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, MEP

  • Shen Xiaozhong, Director General, Chongqing Development and Reform Commission

09:15 – 09:30Keynote Presentations:
Mainstreaming Eco-Compensation into Development: The ADB Vision
Qingfeng Zhang, Director, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division, ADB

In Focus: Book Launch
Gross Ecosystem Production Accounting for Eco-compensation (Chinese version)
09:30 – 10:00Group Photo and Coffee / Tea Break
Session 1: What’s New in Eco-compensation and Payments for Ecosystem Services?
Chair: Qingfeng Zhang, Director, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division, ADB
10:00 – 10:15Opportunities and Challenges of Eco-compensation in the PRC
Jin Leshan, Executive Director, China Eco-compensation Policy Research Center
10:15 – 10:30Opportunities and Challenges with Payments for Ecosystems in Brazil
Virgilio Viana, Director General, Sustainable Amazon Foundation, Brazil
10:30 – 10:45Eco-Compensation and Agriculture: Lessons from the US, questions for the PRC
Jim Harkness, former president of Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
10:45 – 11:15Table Discussion: Which of these innovations will apply in your context of eco-compensation?
11:15 – 12:15Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Michael Bennett, Senior Advisor, Forest Trends; Adjunct Research Fellow, CEPRC

  • Chen Shang, Research Professor, The First Institute of Oceanography, State of Ocean Administration (SOA)

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch Break
Session 2: Transboundary Watershed Management and Protection and EcoCompensation
Chair: Alvin Lopez, Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist,
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division, ADB
13:30 – 13:45Trans-Provincial Eco-compensation Schemes in the PRC: Experiences and Challenges
Liu Guihuan, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning
13:45 – 14.00 US Transboundary Watershed Management: Experiences and Lessons
Hu Tao, Director of China Program, WWF US
14.00 – 14.15Trans-Provincial Eco-compensation Schemes in the Chishui River Basin
Jiang Ping, Deputy Director General, Guizhou Environmental Protection Department
14:15 – 14:45Table discussions: What are the opportunities and challenges of financing transboundary watershed management and protection?
14:45 – 15:25Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Liu Tong, Deputy Director, Western Region Development Department of NDRC

  • Ye Zhendong, Deputy Director, Department of Foreign Capital Utilization and Overseas Investment, NDRC

  • Ren Wenwei, WWF China Water Practice Leader

  • Wang Xiqin, Professor, Renmin University

15:25 – 15:40Coffee / Tea Break
Session 3: Natural Capital Accounting and Eco-Compensation Performance Evaluation
Chair: Zhu Chunquan, Country Representative, IUCN China Office
15:40 – 15:55GEP Accounting: Methodology and Pilot in Qinghai, Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces
Ouyang Zhiyun, Deputy Director of RCEE, Chinese Academy of Sciences
15:55 – 16.10Policy Implication of Natural Capital Accounting
Stephen Polasky, Prof. University of Minnesot
16.10 – 16:25 Indicators of Eco-Compensation for Agricultural Structural Adjustment Based on Nloss-control
Luo Liangguo, Prof. Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, CAAS
16.25 – 16.55Table discussions: From your experience, how should eco-compensation performance be measured?
16.55 – 17.55 Panel Discussion

  • Meng Han, The PRC Representative, UNEP-WCMC

  • Ina Porras, Senior Economist, IIED

19:00 – 21:00Internal meeting on Environment and Poverty Partnership – by invitation only

Session 4: Ecosystems Investments for Poverty Reduction: Why Should We Do It and How?
Chair: Paul Steele, Chief Economist, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
08.45 – 09:00Synergy of Poverty Reduction and Environmental Protection: UN Case Studies and Lessons Learned
Zheng Haixia, Senior Advisor to International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IRPCC), and Prof. Agricultural Information Institute, CAAS
09:00 – 09:15Conditional Transfers, Ecosystem Services, and Poverty Alleviation
Ina Porras, Senior Economist, IIED
09:15 – 09:45Table discussions: How can eco-compensation reduce poverty?
09:45 – 10:30Panel Discussion and Q&A : Practical Experiences in Combining Poverty and Environment at National Level
Syed Arif Azad, Director General, Department of Fisheries, Bangladesh
Viet Nam
Nguyen Manh Hiep, Forestry Administration, Viet Nam
Virgilio Viana, Director General, Sustainable Amazon Foundation, Brazil
10:30 – 10:55Tea Break
10:55 – 12:15Concluding Session
Chair: Liu Tong Deputy Director, NDRC

Concluding Remarks

  • Wang Zhiqiang, Deputy Director General, Chongqing DRC

  • Alvin Lopez, Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist, ADB

  • Liu Tong Deputy Director, Western Region Development Department, NDRC

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

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