Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

The approach of the Alliance for the Mediterranean Diet has potential common goals with those of the FAO- Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems Programme in achieving sustainable agriculture and food systems which reduce the impact on the environment, conserve biodiversity, landscapes, cultures and traditional knowledge.

GIAHS site representatives from China, Japan, Peru, Morocco, Spain and Tanzania shared their experiences and challenges on the sustainable use of natural resources as well as the types and functions of their ecosystem services. They explored how GIAHS can contribute to the objectives of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

This webinar jointly organized by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability Operating Unit Ishikawa Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK) and the Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO) shared the challenges faced by GIAHS communities in managing the impacts of COVID-19, as well as a discussion on the resiliency of GIAHS in such a crisis and the opportunities for recovery and building back better from COVID-19.

This first webinar will be an opportunity for FAO to provideinsights on Nature-Based Solutions in Agriculture with real and time- tested examples coming from Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). The objective of the webinar is to also open a debate on the potentialities of Nature-Based Solutions that can support the agri-food systems of the countries.