Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Damyang Bamboo Field Agriculture System, Republic of Korea

GIAHS since 2020

The Damyang bamboo fields, planted over a thousand years ago, mark the very beginning of bamboo management and bamboo crafts.

Linked to a strong cultural identity, bamboo farmers have systemized their traditional management know-how by establishing traditional environment knowledge for optimum temperature, rainfall, wind direction, soil type and depth. This system relies on a bamboo-based multilayered organization of the production where bamboos are inter-cropped with tea trees and mushrooms.

In addition, the landscape management includes at the top of the hill bamboo fields then, the community villages, farmlands including gardens, rice fields and water reservoirs. Thus, the whole systems relies on the dynamic circulation of water, nutrients and biodiversity providing essential ecosystems services to ensure food and livelihood security to the farmers.


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Traditional bamboo cultivation system in the Republic of Korea earns place on global agricultural heritage sites list

The Republic of Korea's traditional bamboo-based farming system in Damyang has been recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS), a designation managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is the fifth time a site from the Republic of Korea has won the GIAHS recognition. Read more

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REPUBLIC OF KOREA - Damyang Bamboo Field Agriculture System