Policy Analysis of the Conversion of Cropland to Forest and Grassland Program in China

Jeff Bennett, Xuehong Wang

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    Abstract

    The implementation of the Conversion of Cropland to Forest and Grassland Program (also known as the Grain for Green Program or the Sloped Land Conversion Program) in North West China is assessed and a number of policy issues discussed based on the results of a cost-benefit analysis of the program. The program is found to improve the social welfare of the Chinese community, and hence should continue to be supported by the Chinese Government. Policy issues concerning the sustainability of the land use changes induced by the program and the cost effectiveness of the program are further investigated in the context of the institutional framework and political economy of China. Recommendations on policy alternatives and the future design of the program are made based on the policy analysis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)119-143
    JournalEnvironmental Economics and Policy Studies
    Volume9
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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