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What is the purpose of the GIAHS Forum?

FAO’s GIAHS was established in 2002, to pass on the globally important agricultural heritage systems, which includes traditional agriculture and associated biodiversity, landscape, knowledge systems and cultures, to future generations. In June 2011, Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture (Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi) and Sado, Niigata Prefecture (Sado’s Satoyama with Ibis) were designated as GIAHS.
In May 2012, FAO and Ishikawa Prefectural Government agreed to hold the forum this year in Ishikawa, Japan. The purpose of the forum is to share and exchange knowledge on worldwide GIAHS. At the forum, Ishikawa’s initiative will be introduced which doesn’t limit the philosophy and values of GIAHS to agricultural aspect, but expanding to other industries such as tourism and manufacturing. Also, there will be excursions allowing participants from around the world to experience the Satoyama and Satoumi’s treasure.



About the Local Executive Committee

  The Local Executive Committee comprises UNU, MAFF, Ishikawa Prefectural Government, 4 cities and 4 towns of the Noto GIAHS site, agricultural organizations, tourism organizations and scholars, working collaboratively with each other in support for the hosting of the GIAHS Forum.


<Members of the Local Executive Committee for the GIAHS Forum>


Position Official Title Name


Governor, Ishikawa Prefecture

Masanori Tanimoto


Vice-Rector, United Nations University

Kazuhiko Takeuchi


Director General, Hokuriku Regional Agricultural Administration Office of MAFF

Masamitsu Saito


Chairman, Noto Regional Association for GIAHS Promotion and Cooperation

Masuhiro Izumiya


Mayor, Nanao City

Toyokazu Fushima


Mayor, Wajima City

Fumiaki Kaji


Mayor, Hakui City

Yoshinobu Yamabe


Mayor, Shika Town

Masaru Koizumi


Mayor, Nakanoto Town

Eizo Sugimoto


Mayor, Anamizu Town

Nobuo Ishikawa


Mayor, Noto Town

Kazushige Mochiki


Ishikawa Prefecture’s GIAHS Adviser

Anne McDonald


Chairman, Ishikawa Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives

Shunichiro Yasuda


Chairman, Noto Peninsula Tourism Association

Sadahiko Oda


Director, Rural Environment Division, Rural Development Bureau, MAFF

Hitoshi Kodaira


Mayor, Sado City

Motonari, Kai



About the Forum

  • Name of the event: International Forum on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems
  • Organizers: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Noto Regional Association for GIAHS Promotion and Cooperation
  • Co-organizer: Sado City
  • Venue: Aenokaze Hotel in Wakura Hot Spring, Nanao City, Ishikawa Prefecture
  • Participants: Officials and representatives of International organizations, GIAHS sites, government officials of Japan and related countries, local governments officials, researchers, civilians and other
  • Dates: 29th May – 1st June 2013


Day 1 / Wednesday, 29th May


Morning Session

  • Preparatory Meetings (Steering Committee, Scientific Committee) – Authorized Personnel Only

Afternoon Session

  • Parallel Sessions and Exhibits
  • Country Presentation Session


DAY 2 / Thursday, 30th May


Morning Session

  • Opening Remarks
  • High Level Session
  • GIAHS site Designation Ceremony


  • Ishikawa Public Forum
  • Welcome Reception


DAY 3 / Friday, 31st May


Morning Session

  • Closing Session


  • Excursion to Noto GIAHS site
  • Excursion to Sado GIAHS site


DAY 4 / Saturday, 1st June

  • Excursion to Sado GIAHS site