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FAO designates 14 new sites as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

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Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has designated 14 new sites as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) since 2016.

FAO designates 14 new sites as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)14 new sites as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS):

i. These systems highlight agricultural traditions that promote sustainability, protect biodiversity and the environment and support the social and economic development required for stable, decent livelihoods.

ii. The 14 new sites are wide ranged from oases to rice terraces, wasabi cultivation to raisin production. These places have shaped landscapes into works of art. They have protected sustainable ways of living and producing food.

The 14 new sites are:

  • Siwa Oasis, Egypt, 2016
  • Chinampa Agriculture in the World Natural and Cultural Heritage Zone in Xochimilco, Tláhuac and Milpa Alta, Mexico, 2017
  • Zhagana Agriculture -Forest-Animal Husbandry Composite System, China, 2017
  • Huzhou Mulberry-dyke & Fish Pond System, China, 2017
  • Osaki Kodo’s Traditional Water Management System for Sustainable Paddy Agriculture, Japan, 2017
  • Nishi-Awa Steep Slope Land Agriculture System, Japan, 2018
  • Traditional Hadong Tea Agrosystem in Hwagae-myeon, Republic of Korea, 2017
  • The Agricultural System of Valle Salado de Añana, Spain, 2017
  • Malaga Raisin Production System in La Axarquía, Spain, 2017
  • The Cascaded Tank-Village System, Sri Lanka, 2017
  • Rice Terraces in Southern Mountainous and Hilly Areas, China, 2018
  • Xiajin Yellow River Old Course Ancient Mulberry Grove System, China, 2018
  • Traditional Wasabi Cultivation in Shizuoka, Japan, 2018
  • Barroso Agro-sylvo-pastoral System, Portugal, 2018

About Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations:
♦ Director-General – José Graziano da Silva
♦ Headquarters – Rome, Italy