The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has designated 14 sites as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). These sites will be officially unveiled by the FAO on April 19, 2018. These new heritage sites belong to Asia, the Middle East and Central America regions and are located in China, Egypt, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Sri Lanka.
These 14 new sites range from oasis to rice terraces, wasabi cultivation to raisin production. These sites have shaped landscapes, works of art and protected sustainable ways of living and producing food. With this, there are now a total of 50 Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, located in 20 countries.
1. The concept of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) is an evolving system that illustrates the relationship of human communities with their territory, cultural or agricultural landscape and social environment.
2. The agricultural heritage sites obtain global recognition through the creation of the Agricultural Heritage Systems categories supported by governments, FAO governing bodies, UNESCO, World Heritage Centre and other partners.
3. GIAHS Programme seeks to identify and safeguard the Agricultural Heritage Systems and their associated landscapes, agricultural biodiversity and knowledge systems to enhance global, national and local benefits derived through their conservation.