Sistemas Importantes del Patrimonio Agrícola Mundial (SIPAM)
Project meeting, Engaresero Maasai Pastoralist Heritage Area (Tanzania). © FAO/David Boerma.

New Criteria for selection of GIAHS sites will be applied from 1st January 2017

Rome, Italy, 10-12 October 2016

During the Second Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG), held in Rome from 10 to 12 October 2016, new criteria for selection and Action Plan were discussed. As a result of a deep discussion and considering the GIAHS experience in the past years of implementation of the concept, the Members of SAG have revised and updated the GIAHS Selection criteria. The new criteria will become operational in 2017. All the countries starting the preparation of a GIAHS proposal from 1st January 2017, must follow the new criteria. Guidelines for implementing the new criteria will be developed in the next SAG meeting, which will take place in February 2017. To download the document, click here

Third International Training on GIAHS successfully concluded

Cina, 23 October-5 November 2016

Following the first training experience, held in 2014 and 2015, FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, have conducted this Third High Level Training on GIAHS, with the participation of delegates from 17 countries, covering Latin America, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Central and East Asia, and the Pacific. Read More >

Dates production System in Siwa Oasis is designated as GIAHS site

Siwa, Egypt, 27-27 October 2016

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) awarded the Dates Production Sector in Siwa Oasis, the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Certificate which makes the Oasis a globally important agricultural heritage system because it preserved the environmental and heritage ecosystem in the cultivation of Dates. Read more >

MOU on GIAHS is signed between FAO and Italy

Rome, Italy, 14 October 2016

The Italian Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina, and FAO Director-General, Dr. José Graziano da Silva, signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of promoting GIAHS in Italy. The MOU envisages to develop research activities regarding the role of traditional landscapes and rural practices related to agriculture, forestry, fishery, pasture and rangelands as approaches to dealing with climate change. Read more>

Second meeting of the GIAHS Scientific Advisory Group, 10-12 October 2016

Rome, Italy, 12 October 2016

The members of the GIAHS Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) met in Rome from 10 to 12 October 2016 to discuss the new criteria, guidelines and template proposal. The resulting consolidated documents will be published soon on this website.

GIAHS was discussed during COAG 25th Session

Rome, Italy, 26-30 September 2016

During the 25th Session of COAG, GIAHS will be presented as Agenda Item n. 9 "The Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)". Read More >



Side Event: "Recognizing the role of Agricultural Heritage Systems in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (GIAHS)"

Rome, Italy, 28 September 2016

The side event will provide an opportunity to discuss the fundamental issues related to GIAHS with permanent representatives and delegates to COAG. Moreover, it will be an occasion for sharing concrete experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of GIAHS, including the challenges faced by GIAHS member countries, as well as the benefits derived from their recognition. Furthermore, country delegates and permanent representatives will have the chance to exchange views and opinions in an open debate. Read More >

Taller sub-regional SIPAM para África occidental

Marrakesh, Morocco, 24 June 2016

FAO and Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) will hold a Sub-Regional Workshop on GIAHS and establish a National Commission for GIAHS from 28th to 30th June in Morocco. Read more>

Taller internacional SIPAM para América Latina y el Caribe

Mexico City, Mexico, 22 April 2016

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, with the support of the Government of Mexico City and the Institute for the protection of heritage area in Xochimilco, Tlahuac and Milpa Alta, AZP, are organizing the GIAHS Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be held in Mexico City, from 27 to 29 April 2016.  Read more>

Primera reunión del nuevo Grupo de Asesoramiento Científico SIPAM

Rome, Italy, 4 March 2016

On 22-23 February 2016, the first meeting of the GIAHS Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) was held at FAO. The SAG started its operations in 2016 to serve for two-year term (2016-17). It is expected to provide scientific advice and guidance to the GIAHS designation process.  Read more>