FAO Conducts Virtual Inspection over Qingyuan Forest-Mushroom Coculture System
27 September 2022, CN: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) conducted a virtual inspection over Qingyuan Forest-Mushroom Co-culture System in Zhejiang Province, China on Sept. 20, 2022.
Coordinated by MARA Center of International Cooperation Service, the virtual inspection comprised a display of promotional video of the heritage area, a live broadcast of the core heritage site, introduction of the heritage system, statement of the action plan, and Q&A. Prof. Yagi Nobuyuki, Chair of FAO’s Scientific Advisory Group (SAG), and Prof. Patricia Bustamante, member of SAG, evaluated the inspection. Yoshihide Endo, Coordinator of FAO’s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems Programme (GIAHS) Secretariat attended the event. SAG Vice-chair Li Xiande, also a researcher of the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, participated in the virtual inspection as an observer.
The Qingyuan Forest-Mushroom Co-culture System became a GIAHS heritage site candidate in 2019. Despite the COVID-19 epidemic, MARA Center of International Cooperation Service worked closely with the GIAHS Secretariat to deliver the virtual inspection, along with the support of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of Zhejiang Province. The heritage site gained recognition from SAG experts and the GIAHS Secretariat.
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