Rome, April 16 (IANS/AKI) The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)will on Thursday unveil 14 new heritage sites in eight countries in Asia, the Middle East and Central America at an award ceremony here.
FAO chief Jose Graziano da Silva, Italy's Deputy Agriculture Minister Andrea Olivero and his Chinese counterpart Zhang Taolin are among senior officials attending the ceremony at FAO headquarters, the agency said.
The designation of these sites recognises the ways that farmers, herders, fishermen and foresters have sculpted the landscape for centuries "to create agricultural systems of exceptional aesthetic beauty preserving biodiversity and creating resilient ecosystems and a valuable cultural heritage," FAO said.
Participants will share experiences from their countries, present their traditional agriculture systems and discuss their economic value also as tourist attractions, said FAO.
The newly designated sites bring to 50 the number of globally recognised agricultural heritage systems in 20 countries, FAO noted.
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