IFSU and the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Trainees meet Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture Governor

The Ifugao Satoyama Meister Trainees and the Ifugao State University delegation headed by Dr. Eva Marie Codamon-Dugyon, Ifugao State University (IFSU) President were hosted by Ishikawa Prefecture Governor Masanori Tanimoto in Kanazawa City, Japan and discussed the opportunities and challenges of communities in the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) Sites on October 25, 2018.

In his message, the Ishikawa Governor outlined the decreasing and aging population and outmigration of young people to the urban areas in their Noto Region, a GIAHS site as among the problems encountered by his constituents.

Despite this situation on the ground, Ishikawa Governor Tanimoto highlighted their painstaking programs and activities to turn weak points as strengths to reinvigorate their rural communities.

On her part, IFSU President Dugyon echoed the same problems experienced at the Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) communities such as the outmigration of young people to the cities, abandonment of the rice terraces and aging population.

Dr. Dugyon further expressed the gratitude of the Ifugao people for the long partnership with the Ishikawa Prefecture in providing assistance for the conservation and preservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces through the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP).

The Ishikawa Governor and IFSU President and the entire delegation vowed to strengthen cooperation to provide solutions on the shared and common problems in the GIAHS Sites in Noto Region, Ishikawa and in the province of Ifugao.

IFSU is one of the collaborators in the implementation of the ISMTP which is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. ISMTP aims to develop the technical and leadership skills of the Ifugao Rice Terraces (IRT) stakeholders to sustain the IRT landscape through relevant training activities.#