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Building back better with Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems from the COVID-19 pandemic

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Operating Unit Ishikawa Kanazawa
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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About the webinar
The GIAHS time-tested systems not only produce food but also conserve biodiversity, preserve cultural heritages and their centuries-old wisdom can provide important lessons in building back better for the planet and its people.

This webinar jointly organized by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability Operating Unit Ishikawa Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK) and the Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO) will share the challenges faced by GIAHS communities in managing the impacts of COVID-19, as well as discuss on the resiliency of GIAHS in such a crisis and explore opportunities for recovery and building back better from COVID-19.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented crisis on humanity, crippling the functioning of governments, sectors and society. Yet it has also highlighted the criticality of the harmonious relationship between people and nature and created an urgency to re-evaluate and reinvent the ways we use natural resources, including the way we produce our food.

The Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) of the Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO) are remarkable traditional agricultural systems that safeguard the livelihoods of small-scale family farmers who practice sustainable agriculture based on local and indigenous knowledge. Today, there are 62 designated GIAHS sites in 22 countries where local communities continue to inherit the sustainable approaches of traditional farming with a deep-rooted respect for nature and culture.

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