Exploring China’s Approach to Implementing ‘Eco-Compensation’ Schemes—The Lake Tai Watershed as a Case Study

  • Liping DaiEmail author
Part of the Politics and Development of Contemporary China book series (PDCC)


China is experimenting with various approaches to ensure the country’s environmentally and socially sustainable development. Eco-compensation is one of the most influential initiatives. It aims to provide financial and economic incentives for environment management. This chapter examines China’s approach to eco-compensation through experience in the Lake Tai watershed. Four typologies of eco-compensation schemes are identified and analysed, primarily through a legal lens. The author concludes that the main financial source for compensation is governmental payment and the form of compensation is limited to cash payments at current stage.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability LawUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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