On 6 November 2020, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability Operating Unit Ishikawa Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organised the webinar “Building Back Better with Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) from the COVID-19 Pandemic." The webinar, for the first time ever, gathered GIAHS speakers from various regions around the world to share common challenges faced by GIAHS communities in managing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to discuss the resiliency of GIAHS in such a crisis and the opportunities for recovery from COVID-19.
GIAHS is an FAO programme to designate remarkable traditional agricultural systems that safeguard the livelihoods of small-scale family farmers who practice sustainable agriculture based on local and indigenous knowledge. GIAHS not only produce food, but these time-tested systems also conserve biodiversity, and preserve cultural heritage and centuries-old wisdom that can provide important lessons in building back better.
For a more detailed report on the webinar, please visit the UNU-IAS OUIK website.