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(c)FAO/M.S. Swaminathan; (c)FAO/Mary Jane dela Cruz; (c)FAO/Parviz Koohafkan; (c)FAO/Roberto Sandoval; (c)MINAGRI/FAO; (c)FAO/David Boerma; (c)FAO/Noureddine Nasr

A Global Partnership Initiative

In response to the global trends that undermine family agriculture and traditional agricultural systems, in 2002, during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD, Johannesburg, South Africa), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations launched a Global Partnership Initiative on conservation and adaptive management of “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems”. 

The overall goal of the partnership is to identify and safeguard Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems and their associated landscapes, agricultural biodiversity and knowledge systems through catalyzing and establishing a long-term programme to support such systems and enhance global, national and local benefits derived through their “dynamic conservation”, sustainable management and enhanced viability.

Why Dynamic Conservation of Agricultural heritage?

Traditional agriculture systems are still providing food for some two billion people today. They also sustain biodiversity, livelihoods, practical knowledge and culture. This global agricultural heritage needs to be recognized and supported in ways that allow it to continue evolving – and provisioning goods and services for the present and future generations.

The GIAHS initiative has project interventions in Algeria, Azerbaijan, Chile, China, India, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey and in Islamic countries. In these countries, adaptive management approaches will be developed and implemented, to assist national and local stakeholders in the dynamic conservation of their agricultural heritage systems.

 

Global Environment Facility

Global Environment Facility

Internetauftritt des Bundesministeriums für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz

BMELV

IFAD

IFAD

UNU

UNU

UNESCO

UNESCO

ISESCO

ISESCO