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Background Note A Heritage for the future

International Forum on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Organized by FAO in collaboration with Wageningen International (WI)








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    Concept Note and draft programme. GIAHS Dialog: International Forum on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems 29 May - 1 June 2013
    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
    2013
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    International GIAHS seminar. Stakeholders Dialog with Dr. Parviz Koohafkan, GIAHS Global Coordinator. Around the world a myriad of family and community managed agricultural systems can be found that are part of humanity’s common heritage. Over centuries, generations of farmers and herders have developed complex, diverse and locally adapted agricultural systems, managed with time-tested, ingenious combinations of techniques and practices that lead to biodiversity conservation, food security, resi lience of ecosystems and their provision of essential goods and services for humanity. The High Level Session of the GIAHS Forum 2013 will discuss and provide its public with a better understanding of the agricultural heritage concept and raise awareness about evolving traditional systems and sustainable management of natural resources that contribute to world food security.
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    The Ifugao Rice Terraces Philippine Project Framework. Conservation and Adaptive Management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
    2006
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    The Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) of the Central Cordillera Region, Northern Philippines is one of the pilot system of the FAO’s global project Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS1/). Its objective is to promote the dynamic conservation and adaptive management of globally significant agricultural biodiversity harbored in Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.
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    FAO Characterisation of Global Heritage Agroforestry Systems in Tanzania and Kenya
    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
    2013
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    In 2008, FAO initiated the project “Supporting Food Security and Reducing Poverty in Kenya and Tanzania through Dynamic Conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)". Two years running, in 2008 the project identified the Maasai pastoral systems and Upland Agro-forestry systems as the most creative form of livelihoods that have withstood the test of time and deserving recognition as heritage agricultural systems of global importance and hence requiring support. This re cognition was followed by a pilot site selection mission led by the Project Facilitating Team, which targeted three main agro-systems namely; the Chagga home gardens, the Pare Ndiva system and the Matengo pit system. The evaluation team ended up ranking the Uru-Shimbwe Juu site within the Chagga home gardens as the most integral Upland agrosystem, in which all the critical heritage features are represented and associated with this system.

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