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The 7th International Conference on Eco-Compensation and PES Government, Civil Society and Businesses' Solutions for Sustainable Conservation Financing

3 Dec 2018 - 4 Dec 2018 Beijing, 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 (NDRC), tasked with developing a national eco-compensation regulatory framework, described eco-compensation as:

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

The key objectives of this year’s international conference on eco-compensation and payments 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
  • 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. 

Agenda:

TimeProgram
08:00 – 08:30Registration
9:00 – 10:20 Opening Plenary
Chair: Jin Leshan, Executive Director, China Eco-compensation Policy Research Center
09:00 – 09:50Welcome Remarks and Keynote Speeches:

  • Guo Xujie, Deputy Director General, Western Region Development Department, NDRC

  • Teresa Kho, Deputy Director General, East Asia Department, ADB

  • He Jun, Vice President, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, Ministry of Ecology and Environment

  • Kong Xiaohong, Mayor, Huangshan Municipal Government

09:50 – 10:20 Keynote Presentations:

Mainstreaming Eco-Compensation into Development: ADB 10 Years Retrospective
Pavit Ramachandran, Principal Environment Specialist, EAER, EARD, Asian Development Bank

In Focus: Discussion Paper
Developing Gross Ecosystem Product Accounting for Eco-Compensation: Lessons Learned from Pilot Projects in the PRC
10:20 – 10:30Coffee / Tea Break
10:30 – 12:00Session 1: What’s New in Eco-Compensation and Payments for Ecosystem Services?
Chair: Pavit Ramachandran, Principal Environment Specialist, EAER, EARD, Asian Development Bank
10:30 – 10:50 Eco-Compensation in the New Era of the PRC
Wang Jinnan, President, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning
Liu Guihuan, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning
10:50 – 11:10Opportunities and Challenges for Payments for Environmental Services: International Perspective
Stefano Pagiola, Senior Environmental Economist, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
11:10 – 12:00Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • He Jun, Vice President, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning

  • Stefano Pagiola, Senior Environmental Economist, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank

  • Michael T. Bennett, Environmental Economist (Consultant)

  • Jin Leshan, Executive Director, China Eco-compensation Policy Research Center

  • Jessica Coria, Associate Professor, University of Gothenburg

12:00 – 13:30Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:25Session 2: Transboundary Watershed Management and Eco-Compensation
Chair: Au Shion Yee, Water Resources Specialist, EAER, EARD, ADB
13:30 – 13:45Trans-Provincial Eco-Compensation Schemes in the PRC: Xin’an Model and Beyond
Wang Dong, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning
13:45 – 14:00Eco-compensation: Lessons from US and Canada River Basins
Arthur Hanson, International Chief Advisor, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development
14:00 – 14:15Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan Eco-Compensation Mechanism in the Chishui River Basin
Jiang Jianqiang, Director, Guizhou Environmental Protection Department
14:15 – 14:45Table Discussion: How best can eco-compensation and PES serve to improve transboundary watershed management and protection?
14:45 – 15:25Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Wang Dong, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning

  • Arthur Hanson, International Chief Advisor, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

  • Liu Guihuan, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning

  • Jiang Jianqiang, Director, Guizhou Environmental Protection Department

  • Wang Debao, Director, Director of Huangshan Finance Bureau

15:25 – 15:40Coffee / Tea Break
15:40 – 18:00Session 3: Eco-Compensation and PES – Linking and Assessing Environmental and Poverty Alleviation Targets
Chair: Stefano Pagiola, Senior Environmental Economist, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, World Bank
15:40 – 15:55Gross Ecosystem Product Accounting: Pilot and Potential for Policy Application
Ouyang Zhiyun, Director, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences
15:55 – 16:10Poverty Reduction with Eco-Compensation: the PRC’s Experiences and Challenges
Huang Yongjia, Chairman, Chinese Poverty Alleviation Services Co. Ltd.
16:10 – 16:25Environment and Poverty Nexus and Decoupling: Lessons Learned from Cambodia
Khieu Borin, Director General, Directorate of Local Community, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia
16:25 – 16:40Payment for Ecosystem Services: Practices and Perspectives in the Himalayas
Laxmi Dutt Bhatta, Senior Ecosystem and Livelihoods Specialist, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal
16:40 – 17:10Table Discussion: What opportunities and challenges exist in combining poverty alleviation and environmental targets in eco-compensation and PES schemes?
17:10 – 18:00Panel Discussion and Q&A: Practical Experiences in Jointly Targeting and Developing Performance Metrics for Poverty Alleviation and Conservation

  • Ouyang Zhiyun, Director, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Huang Yongjia, Chairman, Chinese Poverty Alleviation Services Co. Ltd.

  • Kong Deshuai, Vice Governor, Hanyin County, Shaanxi Province

  • Khieu Borin, Director General, Directorate of Local Community, Ministry of Environment, Cambodia

  • Laxmi Dutt Bhatta, Senior Ecosystem and Livelihoods Specialist, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal

18:00 – 20:00Dinner
TimeProgram
08:45 – 10:45 Session 4: Private Sector and Civil Society Involvement in Eco-Compensation and PES
Chair: Bruce Dunn, Director, Environment and Safeguards Division, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
08:45 – 09:05Green Finance Market With a Case Study in Connecting Markets to Conservation in Southeast Asia
Bikram Chaudhury, Founding Partner of GreenArc Capital Pte Ltd
09:05 – 09:20Water Fund for Conservation in the PRC: Lessons Learned in Zhejiang Province
Li Danning, Director of Fresh Water Program, The Nature Conservancy, the PRC
09:20 – 09:25Q&A
09:25 – 09:40Mitigation Banking in the United States: Practice and Conditions
Mark Laska, President and CEO of Great Ecology and Marlene Lisa Tyner, Associate Ecologist, Great Ecology
09:40 – 09:55Pay for Success Approach to Private Sector Engagement
Timothy Male, Executive Director, Environmental Policy Innovation Center
09:55 – 10:10Business Managed Eco-Compensation in the Yongding Watershed
Du Guozhi, Deputy General Manager, Yongding River Investment Co Ltd
10:10 – 10:50Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges in Engaging the Private Sector and Civil Society to Catalyze Green Finance

  • Bikram Chaudhury, Founding Partner of GreenArc Capital Pte Ltd

  • Li Danning, Director of Fresh Water Program, The Nature Conservancy, the PRC

  • Marlene Lisa Tyner, Project Manager, Great Ecology

  • Timothy Male, Executive Director, Environmental Policy Innovation Center

  • Du Guozhi, Deputy General Manager, Yongding River Investment Co. Ltd.

10:50 – 11:05Tea Break
11:05 – 12:00Concluding Session
Chair: Pavit Ramachandran, Principal Environment Specialist, EAER, EARD, Asian Development Bank
11:05 – 12:00Concluding Remarks

  • Ding Shili, Director General, Huangshan Municipal DRC

  • Pavit Ramachandran, Principal Environment Specialist, EAER, EARD, Asian Development Bank

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

12:00 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 17:30 Focus group discussion (by invitation) with a tea break at 15:30
Venue: Room 206, Second Floor

Moderator: Michael T Bennett, Environmental Economist, Consultant
Participants: International experts, Chinese officials. Up to 15 persons.
Topic: What lessons could the PRC learn from international experiences in engaging private sector and civil society in ecosystem conservation?
Output: Policy brief outline and key points

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