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MAFF UPDATE No.748(Published on June 20th, 2013)

Summary of the Results of the International Forum on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)


Yoshito Kajiya, Senior Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries attended the International Forum on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) held in Nanao, Ishikawa, from May 29 (Wed.) to 30 (Thu.), 2013, where government delegates from various countries gathered, and had a high-level session and other meetings.
In this forum, three more sites in Japan were designated as GIAHS sites, and the Noto Communiqu? was adopted at the conclusion of the whole forum.

1. Date and place

Date: May 29 (Wed.) to 31 (Fri.), 2013
Venue: Aenokaze Hotel
Address: 8-1, Wakasaki, Wakura-machi, Nanao, Ishikawa

2. Attendees

Government delegates from countries involved in the GIAHS project (The Senior Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Yoshito Kajiya, who attended the forum as a delegate from Japan), the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), representatives of international organizations, etc.

3. Summary of results

(1) Designation of GIAHS sites
Six out of seven candidate sites were designated as new GIAHS sites. Three new Japanese candidate sites, the Kakegawa area (Shizuoka Prefecture), Aso area (Kumamoto Prefecture) and Kunisaki area (Oita Prefecture), were also designated.
(2) High-level session
In the high-level session, FAO Director-General Jos? Graziano da Silva, Senior Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Yoshito Kajiya, and the Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture, Masanori Tanimoto, made an opening speech on behalf of the organizer.
Senior Vice-Minister Kajiya expressed his intention to actively contribute to global development and increased awareness of the value of globally important agricultural heritages.
In the panel discussion, four countries designated as GIAHS sites (Japan, China, Chile and Peru) and five international organizations, including FAO, discussed the theme of “Contribution of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Sites to Building a Sustainable World”. Yutaka Sumita, Deputy Director-General of the Minister's Secretariat, participated in the discussion as a representative from Japan.
 (3) On-site observation
In order to convey the appeal of the Noto region to those who attended in the international forum, including government delegates, we provided an opportunity for them to visit Maruyama-gumi (Wajima City) to observe activities to create a vibrant Satoyama area utilizing the ideas and vitality of people who had moved from urban areas, as well as to visit the NOTO-Engekido to see a presentation on environmental studies by local children.
(4) Noto Communiqu?
As the conclusion of the international forum, the “Noto Communiqu?” was adopted. Its contents are as follows:
1. The GIAHS designated sites should be periodically monitored and their viability should be maintained;
2. The progressive designation of further GIAHS sites to promote the conservation of agricultural heritage and its contributions towards global food security and economic development;
3. Promote the twinning of GIAHS sites between developed and developing countries.

* For more details, please refer to the attached document.



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