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Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

The Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) International Forum will bring together policymakers, representatives from GIAHS sites, country delegates, international experts and FAO staff as well as relevant international organizations to discuss and exchange the experiences gained and lessons learned through GIAHS application, implementation of action plans for dynamic conservation and to consider future perspectives of the GIAHS Programme.

The event will also include an award ceremony for newly designated GIAHS sites proposed in 2016, in  countries such as China, Japan, Egypt, Korea, Mexico, Spain (first site in Europe), and Sri Lanka have been newly endorsed as GIAHS.

The forum will also serve as a moment to take stock of the experiences in dynamic conservation of the 50 sites now present in 20 countries around the world. Many of them have undertaken significant follow-up activities and accumulated experiences of for conservation, adaptive management and development of the sites. It is time to assess lessons learnt and share experiences among GIAHS sites as well as other similar agricultural approaches.

Technical session throughout the day to discuss various activities relevant to GIAHS as well will occur along with a photo exhibit featuring shots of GIAHS sites done by award winning photographer George Steinmetz.

There will also be an exhibit to show the typical products originated from the GIAHS sites along with relevant information

Session 1: Country Experiences on GIAHS and Lessons Learned: Moderator OCC (Green room)

Session 1: Country Experiences on GIAHS and Lessons Learned: Moderator OCC (Green room)

10:30-10:35

 

10:35-10:45

Welcome Remarks  Mr José Graziano Da Silva, FAO Director-General

 

Guest of Honour: Mr Hajime Furuta, Governor of Gifu Prefecture, Japan

10:45-11:20

Exchange of Experiences and Lessons Learned

Mr Zhang Taolin, Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, People’s Republic of China

Mr Andrea Olivero, Vice-Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Italy

Mr Jaime Haddad Sanchez de Cueto, Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, Spain 

Ms Maria Mashingo, Permanent Secretary of Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania

Session 2: Award of Newly Designated GIAHS sites since 2016: Moderator OCC (Green room)

Session 2: Award of Newly Designated GIAHS sites since 2016: Moderator OCC (Green room)

11:30-11:40

GIAHS and its future – A perspective from the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group

Mr Mauro Agnoletti, Chair of Scientific Advisory Group (SAG)

11:40-11:50

Testimonial on GIAHS Mr George Steinmetz, Award-winning photographer for National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine

11:50-12:20

GIAHS Certificate Award Ceremony Mr José Graziano Da Silva, FAO Director-General

12:20-12:30

Group Photo

12:30-12:50

Launch of the Exhibition of GIAHS sites (Atrium)

Session 3: Presentation of new GIAHS site and Review of GIAHS Activities: Moderator (TBD) (Red room)

Session 3: Presentation of new GIAHS site and Review of GIAHS Activities: Moderator (TBD) (Red room)

14:30-15:30

Presentation of the Newly Designated GIAHS sites

Representatives from the newly Designated GIAHS sites since 2016

15:30-15:40

Experience of GIAHS in Chiloe Island Ignacio García León, Advisor to Minister of Agriculture, Chile

15:40-15:50

GIAHS and Agroecology Mr Francois Leger, AgroParisTech – Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences, France

15:50-16:00

GIAHS and Biodiversity (Peru GIAHS sites)

16:00-16:10

GIAHS and Climate Change (Oasis GIAHS sites) Morocco or Tunisia

16:10-16:30

Questions and Answer: Moderator (TBD)

16:30-16:40

Opportunities for GIAHS Products Ms Émilie Vandecandelaere, EST

16:40-16:50

UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Synergies with GIAHS Ms Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, World Heritage Centre

16:50 -17:00

Closing Remarks Mr René Castro, Assistant Director-General, CB