Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

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

26 June 2020

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. 

Based on traditional agroecological practices, the site is an impressive example of sustainable agriculture approach linking nature and traditional farming practices while respecting the environment. 

Started over a thousand years ago, the system relies on a bamboo-based multilayered organisation of production where tea trees and mushrooms are inter-cropped with bamboos. The landscape management also includes farmlands, vegetable gardens, rice fields and water reservoirs.


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