Special Issue "Promoting the Sustainability of Agricultural Heritage Systems through Dynamic Conservation"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017
A more than 10,000-year-long history of agricultural development has provided human beings with fruitful and ingenious traditional knowledge and experiences that reflect the evolution of humanity and nature. To prevent these precious treasures from being lost to modernity, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations started a global partnership initiative on the conservation and management of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in 2002. By the end of 2015, there are 36 traditional agricultural systems designated as GIAHS by the FAO in the world, among which 21 are located in East Asia (11 in China, 8 in Japan and 2 in Korea) accounting for more than half the total allotment.
Defined by the FAO, GIAHS are “remarkable land use systems and landscapes which are rich in globally significant biological biodiversity evolving from the co-adaptation of a community with its environment and its needs and aspirations for sustainable development”. Unlike most conventional heritages, the complexity of GIAHS in a living state has made their conservation a complex, systematic “engineering” in which both physical and biological components and associated socio–cultural processes must be conserved in a dynamic way. That means farmers and heritage sites must benefit from the continuance of traditional agricultural production under the premise of ecological functions being sustained and traditional culture being inherited.
To strengthen regional collaboration in the dynamic conservation of agricultural heritage systems, the East Asia Research Association for Agricultural Heritage Systems (ERAHS) was established in 2013. As agreed, China, Japan and Korea take turns to organize the annual conference. The 1st ERAHS conference was then held in Xinghua City, China in 2014, the 2nd was in Sado City, Japan in 2015 while the 3rd was in Geumsan County, Korea in 2016. Under the joint efforts of the three countries, ERAHS has contributed to the development of the FAO-GIAHS initiative in East Asia by means of scientific research support, information and experience sharing, and best practices dissemination.
This Special Issue will feature papers from the participants of the 4th ERAHS conference on “Promoting the Conservation of Agricultural Heritage Systems through Industrial Convergence”, to be held in Huzhou City, China, in 11-14 July, 2017. The conference and the Special Issue aim to provide a forum for international/national scholars, researchers, policy makers, and administrators to share their research findings and knowledge as well as practical experiences related to the dynamic conservation of agricultural heritage systems. We are also open to submissions from outside the conference that address the relevant topics in general.
The range of relevant topics include:
- incentives for the conservation of agrobiodiversity and ecosystem services
- certification, labeling and branding schemes to promote local economy
- sustainable planning and management of tourism
- innovative mechanisms for the inheritance of traditional culture
- monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of dynamic conservation
We also welcome papers from broadly defined topics that are relevant to the theme of this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Qingwen Min
Prof. Dr. Koji Nakamura
Prof. Dr. Won-Keun Yoon
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- agricultural heritage systems
- dynamic conservation
- agrobiodiversity conservation
- payment for ecosystem services
- green economy
- sustainable tourism
- rural development
- traditional ecological knowledge
- human capacity building
- monitoring and evaluation