Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2021, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (4): 555-566.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2021.04.013

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Protecting Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS) by Industrial Integration Development (IID): Practices from China

ZHANG Yongxun1(), HE Lulu2,*()   

  1. 1. Institute of Agricultural Economics and Development, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
    2. College of Humanities and Development, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100094, China
  • Received:2021-01-25 Accepted:2021-04-03 Online:2021-07-30 Published:2021-09-30
  • Contact: HE Lulu
  • About author:ZHANG Yongxun, E-mail:
  • Supported by:
    The Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Program(ASTIP-IAED-2021-06);The Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation Program(STIP-IAED-2021-ZD-02)


With Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) increasing in number around the world, their conservation has become a new international research theme. From the perspective of combining theoretical analyses and practical case applications, this study examines the Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS) conservation pathways and operation mechanisms through industrial integration development (IID). First, the theoretical framework of IID in IAHS sites was constructed according to the requirements of IAHS conservation, which include analyses of the connotation and basic principles of IID, the necessity of IID for IAHS sites, the resource conditions, and the IID pathways. And then based on the theoretical framework, the IID of Longji Terraces in Guangxi, Honghe Hani Rice Terraces System in Yunnan (HHRTS), Aohan Dryland Farming System in Inner Mongolia (ADFS), and Huzhou Mulberry-dyke & Fish-pond System (HMFS) in Zhejiang are analyzed systematically. The main finding is that IID is an effective pathway for IAHS conservation. However, the IID in IAHS sites must stress the ecological and cultural values of the resources; IID should be based on local resource advantages; and IID should attach importance to the combination of different policies and coordination between different stakeholders.

Key words: Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (IAHS), integrated development of industries (IID), heritage conservation, Multi-function values, China