China’s Eco Compensation Programme
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been experimenting for many years with eco-compensation programmes, as ways to redress missing market signals for ecosystem services (Zhang et al., 2009). This paper provides a brief insight into one of its larger programmes: the Sloping Land Conversion Programme (SLCP). ~The SLCP, also known as 'Grain for Green' is the largest ecological restoration project in PRC and the biggest payment for ecosystem services (PES) initiative in the developing world, with a total current investment of more than US$69 billion (Liu and Lan, 2015). It was launched together with the Natural Forest Protection Program (NFPP) as a response to the widespread flooding in the PRC in 1998 and has undergone four important developmental stages (see Figure 1). It is a key component of the Eco-Compensation Programme, which is a compendium of environmental policies and instruments, including environmental fiscal reform. The programme uses a series of conditional transfers alongside wider policies promoting off-farm income to encourage ecological restoration and contribute towards PRC’s vision of ‘ecocivilisation’.
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