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Landcare Europe Online Event on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

15.09.2022, 16:00 Uhr
18:00 Uhr

GIAHS potential in Europe - an information session with GIAHS experts answering your questions

What exactly are GIAHS? Where are they located? What makes them special? How did they designated and how could you apply for a nomination? And why would you want to? In this online information session Landcare Europe in cooperation with Prof. Mauro Agnoletti from the University of Firenze and the FAO GIAHS Secretary will inform you about Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), with a particular focus on designations in Europe. Experts and beneficiaries will tell you about the importance of GIAHS, the application procedure, challenges and benefits of a designation. At the end there will be time to answer your questions.

Additional information:

  • Registration deadline is 13. September 2022.
  • The event is offered online with WebEx and is free of charge.
  • You will receive an automated registration confirmation after your registration (please also check your spam folder!).
  • In the week of the event you will receive the access link and further instructions by e-mail.


Thursday, 15 September 2022
4 – 6 pm CEST

  • Welcome & introduction
  • GIAHS overview; Prof. Mauro Agnoletti, UNESCO Chair for Agricultural Heritage Landscapes, University of Firenze, Italy
  • GIAHS application process; FAO GIAHS Secretariat Rom
  • Malaga Raisin Production System in La Axarquía, Spain – Experiences from a GIAHS site designated in 2017
  • Olive Groves of the Slopes between Assisi and Spoleto, Italy – Experiences of the application & nomination process of a GIAHS site designated in 2018
  • Peri-urban agricultural systems in the Nuremberg region – Experiences from Germany on refining the proposal to the application requirements
  • Questions & answers with the speakers and representatives from the FAO GIAHS Central Europe Office in Budapest & Liaison Unit in Brussels


“Humanity will need new models of agriculture in the immediate future: more sustainable, biodiverse, local, resilient, and socially just.” (FAO GIAHS website)

Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems are more complex than conventional heritage sites or protected areas/landscapes. Rich in globally significant biological diversity evolving from the co-adaptation of a community with its environment and its needs and aspirations for sustainable development specific agricultural systems and landscapes have been created and maintained over generations using available resources and management practices adapted to the local context. In Europe, to date 7 GIAHS (of 67 worldwide) have been designated - 4 in Spain, 2 in Italy and 1 in Portugal - with potential for more nominations also from other European countries. 

This online information session is a cooperation between the GIAHS Secretariat, Prof. Agnoletti from the University of Firenze and DVL. Participation is free of charge after online registration.



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