GIAHS are aesthetic sites that combine agricultural biodiversity, resilient ecosystems and
valuable cultural heritage. Thanks to traditional agricultural practices, sustainable ecosys-
tems that protect agrarian biodiversity have been formed in these climate tolerant areas.
Being registered as a GIAHS area is of great importance for the current and future food
security of the region, ensuring the livelihood of the population, as well as the develop-
ment of other economic and environmental products and services.
The main goal of the project, which covers the Zagatala, Gakh, and Balakan regions, is to
form value chains that support small agricultural entrepreneurship and contribute to the
elimination of poverty in the area. The project also aims to develop the region's agricul-
tural tourism potential.
The registration of the selected sites as GIAHS will be an important step for the promotion
of not only these places but the whole country to foreign tourists. "The advantage of sites
and communities which are registered by FAO as GIAHS is that the products of farmers
and entrepreneurs living and working in these areas are recognized globally, creating favorable conditions for foreign tourists to visit these communities," commented Project Manager Yusif Akhundov.
Currently, 62 GIAHS territories from 22 countries have been registered.