• Lead-organizer: Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization - ISESCO
  • 13:15 - 14:45
  • Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Room: UN2 (Barra Arena)

Please note that this Side event is taking place outside RioCentro in the Barra Arena.

living heritage for sustainable development

Organizing partners

Saudi Arabia


The Islamic Countries through the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has joined the FAO?s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Partnership Initiative. The GIAHS Initiative represents a sophisticated framework for the recognition, dynamic conservation and adaptive management of remarkable systems of agriculture with their associated livelihoods, culture diversity, ecosystems and landscapes. The Director Generals of ISESCO and FAO and some member states and some member states will come to explain their programmes and progress made.

Detailed programme

Worldwide, specific agricultural systems and landscapes have been created, shaped and maintained by generations of farmers and herders based on diverse natural resources, using locally adapted management practices. Building on local knowledge and experience, these ingenious agri-cultural systems reflect the evolution of humankind, the diversity of its knowledge and its profound relationship with nature, conservation of globally significant agricultural biodiversity, outstanding landscapes, indigenous knowledge systems and resilient ecosystems, but above all, in the sustained provision of multiple goods and services, food and livelihood security for millions of poor and small farmers. Within this context and in an effort to promote food security and enhanced livelihoods, FAO launched a Global Partnership Initiative on Conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). The GIAHS Partnership Initiative is as an international partnership initiative of the CSD to support Agenda 21. It introduces the need for efforts to promote public understanding and international recognition of the ?Agricultural Heritage Systems? in which the multiple goods and services provided to small farmers, indigenous peoples, traditional and family farming communities in terms of social, cultural, ecological and economical are immeasurable. To facilitate understanding and international recognition of the importance of GIAHS, the initiative employs three distinct levels of intervention: global, national and at the community or local levels.

Culture in agriculture is a critical component of sustainable development and poverty alleviation particularly in developing countries and in many Islamic countries. It contributes to the economic, social and environmental priorities of sustainable development and has the capacity to bring solutions to many associated problems including employment generation, environmental rehabilitation and economic growth.

The Side Event will present the experiences and lessons learned of ISESCO and FAO in promoting green economy through safeguarding and revitalization of the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems; by exploring local solutions in sustaining agriculture development while promoting cultural diversity, maintaining the harmony between nature and people ? as a major contribution to UNCSD important goals.

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