Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Japanese nature’s bounty and people’s livelihood, to pass it to future

Rome, Italy, 23 May 2012

Land and Water (NRL) Division of FAO, In cooperation with the Japanese Permanent Representation in Rome organized the visit of Mr. Tanimoto, Governor of Ishikawa prefecture of Japan, at FAO Headquarters in Rome.

In June 2011, “Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi” in Ishikawa, Japan was designated by FAO as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). In this regard, Mr. Tanimoto, presented the Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi unique culture, nature’s bounty and its merits for their recognition as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System.

“Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi” site is considered a microcosm of Japan’s satoyama and satoumi managed socio-ecological production landscapes. GIAHS Initiative in Noto aims to sustain and better integrate sustainable traditional agricultural practices - fishing, farming, and forestry  that have traditionally been practiced on the peninsula over the past 1300 years. One well-known regional tradition is that of Oku-noto Aenokoto, an agricultural rice planting and harvest ritual unique to the Noto region and included on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.