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Takachihogo-Shiibayama Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry System: A Cradle of Japanese Mythology Nurturing Forests and Traditional Culture. Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Application

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    Takachihogo-Shiibayama Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry System: A Cradle of Japanese Mythology Nurturing Forests and Traditional Culture.Plan for Conservation & Utilization of a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (Action Plan)
    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
    2015
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    This plan outlines approaches to be taken by the Takachihogo-Shiibayama Site (hereinafter referred to as "the Site") for conservation and promotion of the composite system of agriculture and forestry in the mountainous area of Takachihogo-Shiibayama, which is the subject of an application for registration as a globally important agricultural heritage system (GIAHS) under the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
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    Proposal from the United Arab Emirates For the designation under the GIAHS Program of Al Ain and Liwa Historical Date Palm Oases
    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
    2015
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    This document proposes to designate Al Ain and Liwa date palm oases as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Site (GIAHS) under the respective FAO programme. Al Ain and Liwa constitute globally significant in situ repositories of date palm genetic resources, and are home to ancient falaj irrigation systems, which bear testimony to human agricultural and technological ingenuity, with important lessons for future coping strategies and sustainable development in the face of climate change. Loc ated in a country, which has experienced extreme rapid development and undergone dramatic socio-economic change, the oases no longer have their traditional significance in subsistence agriculture. However, their iconic importance to the United Arab Emirates’ cultural identity and traditions, and the environmental quality they add to Al Ain and Liwa City as well as their role in national branding and sustainable tourism, cannot be overstated. A very active and dynamic conservation program, seekin g to revitalize the oases through a variety of measures, such as protection against urban encroachment, restoration of aflaj irrigation systems, and re-introduction of traditional agricultural management, is fully supported by state-of-the-art development plans, legislative initiatives, academic research and the highest level of Abu Dhabi’s government.
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    Siwa Oasis, Egypt. Proposal for Declaration as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS)
    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
    2016
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    This document proposes to recognize and designate Siwa oasis in the northwestern Desert of Egypt as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Site (GIAHS) under the respective FAO program. Siwa is a globally significant in situ repository of plant genetic resources, especially of uniquely adapted varieties of date palm, olive and secondary crops that are highly esteemed for their quality and continue to play a significant role in rural livelihoods, both for nutrition and income. Situated in a r emote region of the Sahara, and surrounded by breathtaking desert landscapes, Siwa oasis is distinguished by a range of archaeological treasures that testify to the long history of the oasis at the crossroads of ancient trade routes, going back to Pharaonic and Ptolemaic epochs. Its long isolation from outside influences, a population tracing its origin to Berber civilization and speaking an indigenous language, and environmental constraints have given Siwa a unique local culture embodied by its mud-salt brick architecture, peculiar social institutions and a rich heritage of handicrafts. Challenges to oasis agriculture, biodiversity and cultural identity are currently effectively addressed by a number of national and local initiatives, including sustainable agricultural practices, improved irrigation management, the protection of wildlife in and around the oasis as well as sustainable tourism.

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