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

News in 2017

The Tunisian GIAHS National Commission was officially established during the GIAHS National Workshop on February 16, 2017. The newly established Commission brings together various ministries of Tunisia, including Local Affairs and Environment, Agriculture, Culture and Heritage, Tourism and Education, as well as the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade and Handicraft, the National Commission on Education, Culture and Science and Environmental and development associations....
FAO/Cristiano Minichiello
The GIAHS Workshop for Europe and Central Asia successfully met the expectations of participants. Presentations and discussions during the first day of meeting at FAO headquarters provided insights for the future development of GIAHS. New partnerships and enhanced collaboration with new European countries were announced, as well as the intention of European and Central Asian countries to submit their proposals for the recognition of GIAHS sites in the near future. The inclusion of...
GIAHS activities in Kilimanjaro slopes, Tanzania, have been mentioned on FAO Climate Change webpage. http://www.fao.org/climate-change/news/detail/en/c/881113/
 Agroecology and GIAHS: how can innovative systemic approaches contribute to sustainable development? FAO, Malaysia Room, 23rd March 2017   The Permanent Representations of Italy, France and China with the collaboration of GIAHS are organizing on 23 March 2017 the following  seminar “Agroecology and the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS): how can innovative systemic approaches contribute to sustainable development?” The seminar will highlight the synergies between Agroecology and GIAHS. Both offer theoretical and practical...
©FAO/E. Kihaule
“GIAHS project came to us at a right time. It has given us the knowledge on how to take good care of our coffee. We no longer use strong industrial pesticides or fertiliser and instead we’ve opted for cow urine and dung for the purpose.” So says Candida Tesha to 40 delegates who visited her village in Tanzania to witness the positive changes that happened since the village was recognised as...
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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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