The Conversion of Cropland to Forests Program (CCFP)
With such a vast area replanted across China, assessing whether the program is delivering on its socioeconomic and environmental goals – and how it could be improved – is very important, which is why the Chinese government set up a national monitoring network from the beginning of the program.
Now, CIFOR’s Louis Putzel and Nick Hogarth have teamed up with China’s National Forest Economics and Development Research Center (FEDRC), the think-tank responsible for annual monitoring and evaluation of the CCFP, to explore the data in-depth and see how much it corresponds to realities on the ground in four provinces of southwest China.
The FEDRC’s main monitoring tool is a nation-wide survey, administered to the same 1165 households across 22 provinces every year. With recommendations from CIFOR and associates, new questions about land use and tree-planting and the role of local institutions were added to the 2014 survey. This extra data will help evaluate the impacts of the program and provide information to help improve the CCFP in the future.