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

News in 2017

This Monday, the Secretariat of the GIAHS Programme in Rome, Italy, informed Erasto Ensástiga Santiago, General Coordinator of the AZP (Authority in charge of the conservation of the Chinampa area) of the Government of Mexico City, that all the requirements of the Scientific Advisory Group were met and the system is designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS). The application of the chinampa system was endorsed and supported by...
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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,...
In 2011 the first Algerian GIAHS site, the Ghout oasis system, was designated in Oued Souf region. After several years of experience on management of this GIAHS site, Algeria has reconfirmed its high interest in the GIAHS programme and FAO GIAHS National meeting was held by FAO Algeria from the 3rd to 4th of July 2017 in Algiers. Several ministries (Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries; Ministry of Country Planning,...
The GIAHS Secretariat will hold a workshop to share experiences of implementing measures in action plans among GIAHS sites and consider how GIAHS holding countries can best execute monitoring. The workshop will take place in Rome, FAO HQ, from 29th to 30th of June. The objective of this workshop is to share experiences of implementing measures in action plans among the North African Oasis GIAHS sites and seek key elements for...
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....
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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

PROMOTING GIAHS AND ENHANCING THE IDENTIFICATION OF GIAHS SITES IN AFRICA

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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