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

News in 2017

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...
SOCLA
  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...
China-MoA
Within the framework of South-South Cooperation, FAO and the Government of China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support the capacity development of member states in the implementation and management of the GIAHS programme. The objective of the High Level Training is to train national staff to become focal points for GIAHS, including government resource officers and academicians. The aim is to encourage them to initiate, implement and manage a GIAHS...
FAO 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...
FAO
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,...
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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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