Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

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Listing Category: 01 Food, Farming & Growing, 01.16 INFORMATION & CAMPAIGNS, 01.1607 Food Campaigns, Projects & Organisations, 10 Government, Campaigning & Change, 10.05 CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & SOCIAL CAMPAIGNS & ORGANISATIONS and 10.0503 Environment & Conservation OrganisationsListing Tags: Italy

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  • Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) are outstanding landscapes of aesthetic beauty that combine agricultural biodiversity, resilient ecosystems and a valuable cultural heritage. Located in specific sites around the world, they sustainably provide multiple goods and services, food and livelihood security for millions of small-scale farmers.

    Unfortunately, these agricultural systems are threatened by many factors including climate change and increased competition for natural resources. They are also dealing with migration due to low economic viability, which has resulted in traditional farming practices being abandoned and endemic species and breeds being lost.

    These ancestral agricultural systems constitute the foundation for contemporary and future agricultural innovations and technologies. Their cultural, ecological and agricultural diversity is still evident in many parts of the world, maintained as unique systems of agriculture.

    There are currently 52 GIAHS sites in 21 countries.

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