Experiences and Lessons from Asian GIAHS Pilot Sites


“Experiences and Lessons of Dynamic Conservation and Sustainable Development from Asian Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems Pilot Sites”

Through thousands of years of farming, China, Korea and Japan have developed diverse agro-ecosystems and related cultures. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated six pilot sites in China and two in Japan as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems (GIAHS) sites for dynamic conservation and adaptive management. In addition, more sites in China and Japan are under consideration for GIAHS designations, and a Korean site is also planning to apply.

However, traditional agriculture is facing threats such as globalization and conventional farming. There is an urgent need to strengthen conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources of satoyama and satoumi landscapes.

This workshop will bring together experts from China, Korea and Japan, as well as local residents, to share experiences and lessons learned regarding biodiversity conservation and rural development from participants’ respective GIAHS sites. Japanese stakeholders from a wide range of sectors will also exchange opinions with the experts on what aspects of Noto’s satoyama and satoumi landscapes should be given conservation priority, and which aspects should be utilized to develop new businesses that are both ecologically and economically sustainable.

For more information, see the Experiences and Lessons from Asian GIAHS Pilot Sites page on the UNU-IAS website.

Date / Time Tuesday, 28 May 2013, 13:00 – 17:00
Venue Large Meeting Room, Kanazawa Bunka Hall, 3F, Kanazawa, Japan
Organizer UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK)
Co-Organizers United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP),
Sustainability Science Consortium (SSC)