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Introduction of Erahs

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The 6th ERAHS > Introduction of ERAHS

Overview of ERAHS

East Asia Research Association for Agricultural Heritage Systems (ERAHS) is established to contribute to the development of FAO-GIAHS Initiative and sustainability of agricultural heritage systems in East Asia through four linked strategies:
· Provide scientific support to implement GIAHS in East Asia
· Share information and experience through annual conference which will be hosted in rotation in China, Japan and Korea
· Address common challenges through collaborative research and training programme and,
· Disseminate best practices and relevant information through newsletters, homepages and other publications

Organizational Structure of ERAHS

The working group has discussed the organizational structure of ERAHS and will continue soliciting potential supporting for ERAHS. Membership will gradually expand to other countries in East Asia. The basic structure of ERAHS is as follows:

Functions of ERAHS Committee
· Review and approve the work plan of the following year which is drafted by the ERAHS Secretariat
· Endorse executive chair and co-chairs for the following year
· Monitor the progress of current work-plan and plan forward
· Evaluate and endorse membership
· Organize annual conference
· Decide other important issues

ERAHS Annual Conference

Take turns organizing the joint meeting (ERAHS Annual Conference) once in one years. We welcome the participation of agro-ecologists, agro-historians and other related experts from other countries in East Asia, having an intention to expand our federation into wider range.
The meeting place can be the GIAHS sites or candidate sites.

ERAHS Working Meeting

The three countries take turns hosting the working meeting once a year. The objective of working meeting is to prepare for the ERAHS Annual Conference next year.
The meeting place can be the GIAHS sites or candidate sites, but not the same as ERAHS Conference.

Other activities under discussion

· Editing collaboration of scientific journals
· Training courses for young scientists and/or local managers and farmers
· Encouragement of joint research activities

Supporting organizations (tentative list to be confirmed)

· China Ministry of Agriculture
· Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
· Korea Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
· Chinese Academy of Sciences
· United Nations University (UNU)
· United Nations Office of Sustainable Development (UNOSD)
· China Agricultural Association for International Exchange