Agricultural Heritage Across the Millennia

Blasiak, Robert and Nakamura, Koji, (2013). Agricultural Heritage Across the Millennia., n/a-n/a

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    Author Blasiak, Robert
    Nakamura, Koji
    Title Agricultural Heritage Across the Millennia
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    Publication Date 2013-03-18
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher United Nations University
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    Language eng
    Abstract Humanity’s collective agricultural heritage has sustained us for thousands of years, but is now increasingly threatened by accelerating global trends. In the past 50 years, for example, there has been a threefold increase in global food production, but this increase in production came at the price of severe damage to the world’s resource base. Areas dependent on irrigation are seeing rapidly falling water tables, and there has been unprecedented global rural-urban migration and a corresponding abandonment of landscapes that had been shaped over generations of harmonious human-nature interactions. From 19–20 February 2013, such thoughts were a key focus of participants during the Second International Seminar on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). According to Dr. Parviz Koohafkan, Global GIAHS Coordinator and the keynote speaker during the seminar, food production is inextricably linked with local culture and traditions, and it is uncommon to find one without the other. Currently, there are 19 designated GIAHS sites around the world based on a set of five key criteria and characterized by rich biodiversity, local knowledge, cultural diversity and landscape diversity.
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2013
    Copyright type Creative commons
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