Globally Important Ingenious Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Globally Important Ingenious Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) and their associated landscapes have been created, shaped, maintained and passed on by generations of farmers, herders, forest dwellers and fish folk.

Based on diverse species and their interactions and using locally adapted distinctive and often ingenious combinations of management practices and techniques they have contributed and continue to contribute tremendously to the agricultural biodiversity and the natural and cultural heritage of the world.

  • Qanat Irrigation System is an ancient water distribution system allowing specialised and diverse cropping in desert regions of Iran.
  • Kariz, an eternal friendly technology for harvesting ground water.
  • Link: FAO/AGL- The GIAHS Project

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