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Brief: China's First National Ecosystem Assessment

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Gretchen Daily
June 19, 2016

New research shows the worlds largest eco-payment program is working. In 2000, the country launched the worlds largest natural capital investment and government-financed payment for ecosystem services programs: the Sloping Land Conversion Program (SLCP) and the Natural Forest Conservation Program (NFCP). Since then, more than 120 million farmers in 32 million households enrolled in the SLCP, a land retirement program which compensates farmers for restoring forests and grassland, creating the basis for the worlds largest forest restoration effort.

New research shows the worlds largest eco-payment program is working. In 2000, the country launched the worlds largest natural capital investment and government-financed payment for ecosystem services programs: the Sloping Land Conversion Program (SLCP) and the Natural Forest Conservation Program (NFCP). Since then, more than 120 million farmers in 32 million households enrolled in the SLCP, a land retirement program which compensates farmers for restoring forests and grassland, creating the basis for the worlds largest forest restoration effort.