International Forum on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
9-12 June 2011 (Beijing, China)

Initiated in 2002 by the FAO, the GIAHS Initiative aims to empower smallholder family farming communities, indigenous peoples and minority and tribal groups to dynamically conserve their traditional agricultural systems and to create an economic stake in the conservation of agricultural biodiversity so that nature and people can prosper together. The International Forum on GIAHS aimed to bring together international, national and local partners to exchange knowledge and best practices on evolving agricultural systems from different continents and countries and to take stock of lessons learned. During the forum, two Japanese farming systems, Sado’s Satoyama with Ibis and Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi were officially designated as GIAHS. Download the forum’s agenda [pdf] … Read the UNU-ISP release on the new designations …

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