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Project meeting, Engaresero Maasai Pastoralist Heritage Area (Tanzania). © FAO/David Boerma.

News in 2017

In occasion of the 5th meeting of the GIAHS Scientific Advisory Group (SAG), from 23 to 25 November 2017, Osaki Kodo's Traditional Water Management System for Sustainable Paddy Agriculture, Japan was approved and designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.   The Osaki region, which is located in northeast Japan, has developed as a paddy agriculture region by using the lowland swamps and wetlands that extend across the basins of Eai River and Naruse...
  In occasion of the 5th meeting of the GIAHS Scientific Advisory Group (SAG), from 23 to 25 November 2017, 5 new agricultural systems were approved and designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems. In particular: The Zhagana Agriculture-Forestry-Animal husbandry Composite System, China Stretching across the area where the Tibetan Plateau, the Loess Plateau and the Chengdu basin converge, this unique agricultural production systems consists of a tightly self-contained and self-sufficient mix of agriculture, forestry,...
The GIAHS Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) has officially designated the Cascaded Tank-Village System (CTVS) in the Dry Zone of Sri Lankaas a GIAHS site, during the fourth SAG meeting held in FAOHQs from 26th to 27th September, 2017. Sri Lanka through a history of over 2 500 years has developed several agricultural heritage systems to suite various climatic, geomorphic/geographic, soil, cultural and social diversity. The Cascaded Tank-Village System (CTVS) dominance over all other...
The Agcoecology Knowledge Hub at FAO published one case study in a Japanese GIAHS site (Sado Island) and demonstrated how GIAHS's dynamic conservation and agroecology can work for not only agroecosystem and biodiversity but also the farmers.  The Japanese GIAHS site, "Sado's Satoyama in Harmony with the Japanese Crested Ibis" was designated as GIAHS in 2011 for the first time in Japan. Since the designation, local people have worked together to...
  El Congreso Latinoamericano de Agroecología es organizado en cada dos años por la Sociedad Científica Latinoamericana de Agroecología (SOCLA). Estos congresos presentan el estado de arte de la agroecología en Latinoamérica y Iberoamérica. El Secretariado SIPAM ha sido invitado a participar en el evento, ya que figura como una de las estrategias más eficaces para reconocer el valor de los sistemas tradicionales, ofreciendo al mismo tiempo oportunidades para el desarrollo económico...
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Memorandum of Understanding between the Kingdom of Spain and FAO for the promotion of GIAHS

July 4, 2017. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today in Rome, FAO HQ, between H.E. the Vice Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, of the Kingdom of Spain, Mr. Jaime Haddad Sánchez de Cueto, and the FAO Deputy Director-General, Coordinator for Natural Resources, Mrs. Maria Helena Semedo.

The main purpose of the MoU is to encourage the development of the GIAHS Programme in Spain, through the identification of new potential GIAHS sites, as well as to disseminate the GIAHS concept in Europe, through the organization of international workshops, seminars and experience-sharing activities. The activities carried out under the framework of this agreement, will have the ultimate goal of raising awareness and promoting the inclusion of the GIAHS approach in the Spanish and European rural development policies. Finally, through the signature of this MoU, Spain offered its valuable support in the conduct of scientific studies on the role of traditional agriculture systems in areas such as adaptation and mitigation of climate change, biodiversity conservation.

The signing ceremony was concluded with the official submission of the first Spanish candidate site, the Salt Valley of Añana, which is also the first proposal for GIAHS submitted by a European country to FAO.

2017 African Regional Workshop - 27 February - 3 March 2017


A five-day regional workshop will open in Arusha, Tanzania on 27 February to help identify and promote GIAHS sites in the African region.

The FAO workshop will bring together over forty  participants from 20 countries, and five NGO’s and research institutes in an effort to share knowledge, experiences and lessons learned by outstanding examples of GIAHS in Africa and Asia and to help establish regional partnership among all stakeholders. The overall purpose of the workshop is to enhance the capacity of the participating countries to initiate, implement and monitor a GIAHS project.

The workshop includes two days visit to the Tanzanian GIAHS sites (Shimbwe juu Agroforesty Heritage site and Massai Pastoralist Heritage Area). Participants will meet and learn from the local farmers, pastoralists and communities. They will witness examples of how Tanzanian have used traditional practices, reduced poverty, supported food security while conserving scarce resources. During the visits, the participants will learn how both sites have contributed to the sustainable development.

The workshop is organized with the support of the FAO South-South Cooperation Unit, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan and with the collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF) of Tanzania.

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