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GIAHS: A New Kind of World Heritag

MIN Qing-wen(Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research,CAS,Beijing 100101,China)  
According to FAO,Globally Important Ingenious Agricultural Heritage Systems(GIAHS),equaling to world cultural heritage in concept,is defined as "Remarkable land use systems and landscapes which are rich in biological diversity evolving from the ingenious and dynamic adaptation of a community/population to its environment and the needs and aspirations for sustainable development." As a new project promoted by FAO and other international organizations like UNESCO, IUCN,UNU and so on,GIAHS aims to establish the basis for the global recognition,dynamic conservation and sustainable management of these systems in the face of economic and cultural globalization,environmental variability and inappropriate policy,incentive and regulatory environments.In this paper,the author analyzed the attention from world heritage assessment to agricultural cultural heritage,introduced the concept of GIAHS and background of the project,and illustrated the significances and urgency to conserve China's traditional agricultural heritages.
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