ICCROM went to Japan with the Capacity Building Workshop on Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation in Asia and the Pacific, 18 – 30 September 2016, given with the University of Tsukuba, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, IUCN, and ICOMOS.
Visiting Japanese heritage sites was a core component of the programme.  Here the workshop participants are conducting practical work at the Senmaida terraced rice fields, a beautiful landscape on the Noto Peninsula overlooking the Sea of Japan.  This site is recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System.
Heritage conservation is an evolving practice.  Current debates focus on identifying and recovering the connections between nature and culture sectors. Traditional farming systems are shown to foster higher biological and cultural diversity than modern monoculture and large-scale agricultural production methods.

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