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Side Event

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS): a legacy for the future!

Food and AGriculture Organization

Date and Time
18 October 2012 18:15 - 19:45

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11)

The Food and Agriculture Organization recognizes the enormous contributions and important role of family farmers, indigenous peoples and local communities in managing, conserving and sustaining our biodiversity. Ten years after its initiation by FAO in 2002, during the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems Initiative (GIAHS) represents a sophisticated framework for the recognition, dynamic conservation of remarkable systems of agriculture with their agricultural biodiversity, associated biodiversity, knowledge systems, cultures and landscapes, to achieve food security nutrition and livelihoods. GIAHS Initiative emphasizes balance between conservation, adaptation and socio-economic development - sustaining agriculture development while maintaining the harmony between nature and people. The side event is aimed to showcase humanity’s agricultural heritage systems and the fundamental role of family farmers, indigenous and local communities in addressing the Aichi targets and to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.