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

News in 2017

It is with a great honour that the GIAHS Secretariat received the expression of interest from the Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Guinea, to launch the national process for identification and selection of potential GIAHS sites. This decision comes after the participation in the GIAHS workshops in Morocco, Tanzania and China –in which representatives from the Guinean government and research centers had the opportunity to learn about GIAHS. One of the main...
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...
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