Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
The Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) is a project established in 2002 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), an international organization whose aim is to ensure food security, with the purpose of maintaining the land use that protects biodiversity, traditional agriculture and farming methods that make full use of the environment, rural culture and landscapes, which are being lost in the process of modernization, as integrated “agricultural systems”, and passing them on to future generations. There are currently 62 systems in 22 countries that have been designated by the FAO as GIAHS.
A Brief Overview of the Conference
The International Conference on GIAHS 2021 was held in the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture in autumn in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi being designated Japan’s first GIAHS in June 2011.
Although the Conference was held online for overseas participants due to the pandemic, it provided a venue for representatives from international organizations and designated GIAHS sites across the globe to gather and share with the world the value of GIAHS, as well as the past efforts and achievements of Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi, which marked its 10th anniversary of GIAHS designation.
The Noto Communiqué 2021 was adopted based on the discussions in the High-Level Session and Technical Sessions, which calls for the promotion of cooperation among the designated sites and support for regions in developing countries seeking GIAHS designation.
|Date:||November 25, 2021 (Thursday) –November 27, 2021 (Saturday)|
|Venue:||Aenokaze, Wakura Onsen, Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan|
|Organizers:||Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan /
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan (MAFF) /
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) /
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) /
Noto Regional Association for GIAHS Promotion and Cooperation
|Co-Organizers:||Niigata Prefecture, Japan /
Sado City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
|Participants:||Approx. 200 people|