Volume 27 Issue 7   20 July 2019
Hani Terraces is a typical agro-forestry complex ecosystem mainly located along Mount Ailao and Honghe Basin, southern Yunnan, China, concentrated in Honghe Prefecture, counties of Yuanyang, Lüchun, Jinping, with a total coverage of 55,000 ha. The terrace history spans around 1,300 years and it is a bio-cultural landscape created by Hani ethnic people during the long-term agricultural practices, with rich traditional knowledge on old rice varieties breeding, terrace maintenance, water allocation and land management, selected as a World Heritage Site in 2013. Hani Terraces is compounded by “forest-village-terraces-river valley” and the integration of these four sub-ecosystems can enhance the ecosystem’s stability to cope with natural disasters and climatic extremities, and provide sustainability for food production and other ecosystem services. Hani terraces is a demonstrated technical innovation of traditional knowledge created by Hani and other ethnic minorities in their long history agricultural practice, which is helpful for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources. (Photo Credit: Dayuan Xue)

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