What are Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems（GIAHS）？
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) is an international organization which strives for food security. FAO awards “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System” designation to regions that are aiming to preserve and sustainably utilize traditional agriculture, culture and landscapes which are in decline as a result of globalization, environmental degradation and population growth. The project was begun in 2002 in order to pass on globally important agricultural regions to future generations.
39 certified GIAHS in the world (as of October 2017)
- 8 sites in Japan
- 21 sites in Asia (excluding Japan)
- 7 sites in Africa
- 3 sites in Central and South America