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

News in 2017

GIAHS International Forum and Award ceremony for new GIAHS sites We are pleased to announce our upcoming GIAHS International Forum on the 19th April 2018.  The first session of the event will be dedicated to share the country experiences and lessons learned obtained through GIAHS designation and implementation of action plans for dynamic conservation by the minister-class participants from Chile, Italy, Japan Morocco, People’s Republic of China, and Tanzania. During the second session,...
On 25 January 2018, a joint workshop between GIAHS team and UNESCO was organized with the World Heritage Centre, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, to share experiences and explore areas of cooperation in the field of agricultural heritage. The workshop was attended by Mr. Rene Castro, Assistant Director General of Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Division (CB), FAO GIAHS Secretariat and UNESCO World heritage Centre staff headed by Ms Rössler...
It is a great pleasure to announce the designation of the Rice Terraces in Southern Mountainous and Hilly Areas as 47th Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems site. Click here to discover the unique features of this new system
GIAHS experiences with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) A recent article of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) highlighted the critical inputs provided during the initial development of the GIAHS Programme, as well as the results achieved over time. Indeed, at the outset of the GIAHS Initiative, the GEF was a key player of the global partnership that contributed to the implementation of the project “Conservation and Adaptive Management of Globally Important Agricultural...
Discovering local GIAHS community through the United Nations University’s journey We have the pleasure to share the new publication from the United Nations University “The Road to Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS): United Nations University’s Journey with Local Communities” Discover the custodians and undertaking activities of Japanese and other Asian GIAHS sites by reading the publication. Click here to download the publication
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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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