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Satoyama: Japanese Agricultural Heritage

Satoyama: Japanese Agricultural Heritage

The United Nations is working to promote sustainable agriculture practices that have accumulated for centuries in developed countries. One of those practices being promoted is the Japanese concept of satoyama. Satoyama is defined as human-influenced natural environments, such as farmlands and secondary forest, that the Japanese farmers have developed and maintained sustainably over a long period of time. Nearly 20 percent of Japan is considered satoyama.

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