Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Pu’er Traditional Tea Agrosystem

The Pu'er Tea Agroecosystem is the world's largest area of tea forest plantations established by village ancestors thousands of years ago.

Yunnan province (China) is considered the world's provenance of tea trees. Located at the starting point of the Ancient Tea-Horse Route, it is an important node in tea culture dissemination. This province contains the largest area of wild tea tree communities and ancient tea plantations with a predominant amount of ancient tea trees.

Pu'er Tea Agriculture System is rich in bio- and cultural diversity and is composed of old wild tea tree populations, ancient transitive tea plantations and ancient cultivated tea plantations. Centred on tea culture, the Pu'er Tea Agrosystem holds a complete vertical evolution of ancient magnolia and tea trees as it relies on the traditional methods of Blang, Dai, Hani and other minorities.

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Heritage and innovation to face the present and build the future- International Tea Day 2020

As we celebrate International Tea Day 2020, four GIAHS tea plantations shared details about the unique features embedded in their systems and the successes of tea production in their area and the subsequent difficulties faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Tea: a love that has stood the test of time

In a world of cultural differences, is there one thing that can bind everyone together? Well, we all need to eat. Drink too, in fact. Interestingly enough, the drink most often chosen around the world after water, is tea. It is loved by millions from India to England, Afghanistan to Algeria - each culture with its own tradition. Read more

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First International Tea Day sees call for joint action to ensure sustainability of tea sector

FAO today marked International Tea Day by stressing the crucial need to ensure the sustainability of tea production - a basis for the livelihoods of millions of farmers - especially at a time when the world economy enters a recession and incomes decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tea production GIAHS sites

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CHINA - Pu'er Tea Traditional Agroecosystem