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Spain : Jaime Haddad expresses his satisfaction for the recognition of two Spanish candidacies as "Important Systems of the World Agricultural Heritage" (SIPAM).

The undersecretary of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, Jaime Haddad, has participated today in the International Forum of Important Systems of the World Agricultural Heritage (GIAHS) of the United Nations Organization for Agriculture and Food (FAO), which has celebrated in Rome, where he has expressed his satisfaction with the recognition of SIPAM to two Spanish regions in 2017, such as the "Production of the Raisins of the Axarqua Region" in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia and the "Production of salt" of the Valle Salado de Anana "in the province of lava, belonging to the Basque Country.

This recognition, explained Haddad, whose certificates are delivered today in this forum, makes Spain a pioneer in the European region, where, to date, there were no declared GIAHS, since the majority are located in the regions of Africa, Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Near East and North Africa.

The figure of the GIAHS, reminded the undersecretary, identifies and safeguards landscapes with agricultural biodiversity and associated knowledge systems that, in some way, contribute to the obtaining of global, national and local benefits, through their dynamic conservation, their sustainable management and the increase of its viability.

In this sense, he pointed out that Spain, which is characterized by its enormous respect for ancestral traditions and ways of life, and by its richness in biodiversity, landscapes and agricultural systems, must share this wealth with the rest of the world.


The potentiating effect of GIAHS sites for other candidates is also highlighted since, he added, the existence of a GIAHS site in a country has a clear enhancing effect and catalyses the interest of other regions, with the added advantage of having the experience prior of the regions already declared.

Thus, explained Haddad, the dissemination of the figure of GIAHS in Spain has served to establish contact with representatives and experts from other regions, who are already preparing their own candidacies, as in the case of the "Olivos millenarios del Territorio de Senia" , which has the peculiarity of being managed by three different autonomous communities, the "Huerta de Valencia" and the "Highland agro-pastoral landscape of the Aran Valley".

Possible candidates, said Haddad, who have the support of the Ministry on their way to obtaining this recognition, and others that will surely arise in the near future.

The undersecretary has concluded his speech by noting that these GIAHS recognitions are framed in a broader context proposed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, which, approved in 2015 and beginning its implementation in January 2016, represents a paradigm shift in the way to think and act on what, until now, was understood as sustainable development.

Therefore, Haddad concluded, the SIPAM figure, by providing social, cultural, economic and environmental services, is a practical example, historically entrenched, close and real that can contribute decisively to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 169 goals of the 2030 Agenda always seeking balance, established as unavoidable by the Agenda, among the 3 dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental dimensions.

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