Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Xinghua Duotian Agrosystem, China

GIAHS since 2014

Xinghua Duotian agrosystem is a world-level wonder for its unique water-land utilization method in low-lying land and its splendid raised field landscape. In the past thousands of years, in order to fight against floods, the ancestors in Xinghua built wooden structure to support field, raised mud into small stacks, and formed the original raised field.

They developed a unique way of water-land utilization and turned water area and wild land into cultivable land constructing fields by digging up and stacking the sludge in the marshland to form ridges on which the local farmers can plant crops, vegetables etc. It’s a unique pattern presenting a typical compound agriculture-forestry-aquaculture model including traditional farming practices for watering, fertilizing and seed selection.

Nevertheless, this agrosystem is facing great threat as a result of potential floods caused by lowering raised field, destruction brought by urbanization and construction, larger impact of modern agricultural technology, as well as inadequate personnel and financial support.

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CHINA- Xinghua Duotian Agrosystem