IFSU and Japanese Suzu City reaffirms international cooperation for Ifugao Rice Terraces conservation

The Ifugao State University (IFSU) and Ifugao Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) Committee (IGSC)-Japan represented by Suzu City Mayor Masuhiro Izumiya agreed to continue and explore other possibilities of international cooperation in the conservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces during a meeting hosted by the Mayor Izumiya on October 24, 2018.

In his opening speech, Mayor Izumiya acknowledged the need for international cooperation to provide solutions on the problems and challenges in GIAHS sites. He identified the shared problem on outmigration and the abandonment of GIAHS sites both in the Noto Region of Japan and in Ifugao Province.

Mayor Izumiya further recognized the contributions of ISMTP in the conservation and preservation efforts on the Ifugao Rice Terraces.

On her part, Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon, Ifugao State University President and head of delegation expressed the utmost gratitude of the University and the Ifugao people for the unwavering support of Mayor Izumiya in the conservation efforts for the Ifugao Rice Terraces.

Mayor Izumiya is currently the Chairperson of the IGSC, a main partner for the ISMTP Phase II Project. The Project is a capacity building project called “Strengthening the Twinning between Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems Designated Sites, Ifugao Rice Terraces and Noto Satoyama and Satoumi for Sustainable Development.”

ISMTP is the brainchild of Prof. Koji Nakamura, the current Project Manager, Director of the Ishikawa Museum of Natural History and the Visiting Professor and Professor Emeritus of Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan. #