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The 8th International Conference on Eco-Compensation and PES How Eco-Compensation Better Work With Poverty Alleviation

13 Dec 2019 - 14 Dec 2019 The People's Republic of China

Incentive-based natural resource and environmental management is increasingly gaining attention from governments and civil societies around the world. The PRC is developing “eco-compensation” as a mechanism to incentivize the protection of public commons such as catchments and watersheds, conservation of forests, and restoration of degraded grasslands. As policy incentives such as eco-compensation are emerging rapidly in various sectors and regions in the PRC, and payments for ecosystem services (PES) also gaining momentum in ADB’s developing member countries, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners of eco-compensation and PES are eager to learn from experiences in the PRC and other developing countries. This year’s conference is the 8th of a series of annual international conferences focused on eco-compensation and PES, providing a platform for participants to share experiences and lessons on the latest initiatives, ideas, and policies regarding watershed eco-compensation, eco-compensation and poverty alleviation, and private sector engagement.

The conference is co-sponsored by the ADB and the Regional Revitalization Department of the National Development and Reform Commission of the PRC, and supported by the Chinese Academy of Environment Planning of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative, Sichuan Provincial Development and Reform Commission, and Chengdu Municipal Government, and organized by the China Eco-compensation Policy Research Center.

Agenda

TimeProgram
08:00 – 08:30Registration
09:00 – 10:20Opening Plenary
Chair: Wang Xintong, Deputy Director General, Regional Revitalization Department, NDRC
09:00 – 09:50Welcome Remarks and Keynote Speeches

  • Tong Zhangshun, Director General, Regional Revitalization Department, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)

  • Amy Leung, Director General, East Asia Department (EARD), ADB

  • He Jun, Vice President, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning,Vice Mayor, Chengde City, Hebei Province

  • Fan Bo, Director General, Sichuan Provincial Development and Reform Commission

  • TBD, Vice Mayor, Chengdu Municipal Government


09:50 – 10:20Keynote Presentations: Mainstreaming Eco-Compensation into Development: ADB Vision
Qingfeng Zhang, Director, EARD, ADB
10:20 – 10:30Coffee / Tea Break
10:30 – 12:00Session 1: Advancement in Eco-Compensation and Payments for Ecosystem Services
Chair: Au Shion Yee, Senior Water Resources Specialist, ADB
10:30 – 10:50Eco-Compensation at the Crossroads
Jin Leshan, Executive Director, China Eco-compensation Policy Research Center
10:50 – 11:10From Payments for Environmental Services (PES) to Conservation Financing: Progress and Challenges
Michael Bennett, Senior Environmental Economist
11:10 – 12:00Panel Discussion and Q&A
Panelists:

  • He Jun, Vice President; Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning, Vice Mayor, Chengde City, Hebei Province

  • Michael T. Bennett, Environmental Economist (Consultant)

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


12:00 – 13:30Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:25Session 2: Watershed Management and Eco-Compensation
Chair: Mingyuan Fan, Principal Water Resources Specialist, ADB
13:30 – 13:45Eco-Compensation in the Yangtze River Basin: Opportunities and Challenges
Liu Guihuan, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning
13:45 – 14:00Management of Transboundary Rivers: Incentives and Institutions
Yannick Pochon, senior expert on River Basin Management and Ecological Restoration, International Office of Water
14:00 – 14:15Sichuan Watershed Eco-Compensation Mechanism: from an Infant to a Youngster
Li Yuedong, Deputy Director General, Sichuan Department of Ecology and Environment
14:15 – 14:30Water Rights Trading in the PRC: Innovation and Lessons Learned
Chen Xiangdong, Deputy Manager, China Water Rights Exchange
14:30 – 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
Panelists:

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

  • Yannick Pochon, senior expert on River Basin Management and Ecological Restoration, International Office of Water

  • Li Yuedong, Deputy Director General, Sichuan Department of Ecology and Environment

  • Chen Xiangdong, Deputy Manager, China Water Rights Exchange


15:25 – 15:40Coffee / Tea Break
15:40 – 18:00 Session 3: Eco-Compensation and PES with Poverty Alleviation – How to Make It Possible?
Chair: Rabindra Osti, Senior Water Resources Specialist, ADB
15:40 – 15:55How to Make Eco-compensation Work in the Poverty Belt around Beijing?
Liu Yang, Governor, Shuangluan District, Chengde City, Hebei Province
15:55 – 16:10PES Programs Design in a Developing Cambodia: Challenges for Scaling-Up

  • Sony Oum, Policy Specialist and BESD Project Manager, UNDP Cambodia

  • Sao Sopheap, Secretary, National Council for Sustainable Development, Cambodia


16:10 – 16:25Eco-compensation Demonstration in Northwest Sichuan Province: An Outlook

  • Liu Xinmin, Research Professor, Sichuan Academy of Environmental Sciences

  • Yu Qiannan, Southwest Jiaotong University


16:25 – 16:40Poverty Alleviation with Carbon Trading in the PRC: Experiences and Challenges
Meng Bingzhan, Manager, SinoCarbon Innovation & Investment Co. Ltd.
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.
Panelists:

  • Liu Yang, Governor, Shuangluan District, Chengde City, Hebei Province

  • Sony Oum, Policy Specialist and BESD Project Manager, UNDP Cambodia

  • Liu Xinmin, Research Professor, Sichuan Academy of Environmental Sciences

  • Meng Bingzhan, Manager, SinoCarbon Innovation & Investment Co. Ltd.


18:00 – 20:00Dinner
TimeProgram
08:45 – 10:50 Session 4: Comprehensive Eco-Compensation and Private Sector Role in PES
Chair: Annabelle Giorgetti, Environmental Economist, ADB
08:45 – 09:05Incentive Package for Landscape Restoration: FAO Perspective
Mathilde Iweins, Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism, FAO
09:05 – 09:20Market Based Eco-compensation Fund in Huangshan: Lessons Learned from ADB Project
Mingyuan Fan, Principal Water Resources Specialist, ADB
09:20 – 09:25Q&A
09:25 – 09:40Exploration of Comprehensive Eco-compensation: A Framework
Dong Zhanfeng, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Environmental Protection
09:40 – 09:55Innovative Financing for Watershed Protection: FI Role in Chishui
Wang Qi, Professor, Deputy Dean, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University
09:55 – 10:10Eco-compensation: Innovation and Initiative in Chengdu
TBD, Sichuan Province
10:10 – 10:50Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges in Engaging the Private Sector and Civil Society to Catalyze Green Finance

  • Mathilde Iweins, Asia Pacific Coordinator for the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism, FAO

  • Mingyuan Fan, Principal Water Resources Specialist, ADB

  • Dong Zhanfeng, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Environmental Protection

  • Wang Qi, Professor, Deputy Dean, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University

  • TBD, Sichuan Province

10:50 – 11:05Tea Break
11:05 – 12:00Concluding Session
Chair: Dongmei Guo, Environment Specialist, ADB
11:05 – 12:00Concluding Remarks
Wang Xintong, Deputy Director General, Regional Revitalization Department, NDRC
Qingfeng Zhang, Director, EARD, ADB
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Internal Meeting (by invitation)
Participants:
KSTA-9653(PRC) ADB team, NDRC, KSTA CAU team, Sichuan DRC, Hubei DRC, Jiangxi DRC.

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