Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Philippines - Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
BATAD RICE TERRACES
Batad, Banaue, Ifuago
Batad's amphitheater-like terraces was carved by Ifuago's indigenous people more than 2,000 years ago. It is tagged as one of the wonders of the modern world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sent by Godfrey from Sarangani Province in the Philippines.
The rice terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras are living cultural landscapes devoted to the production of one of the world's most important staple crops, rice. They preserve traditional techniques and forms dating back many centuries, still viable today. At the same time they illustrate a remarkable degree of harmony between humankind and the natural environment of great aesthetic appeal, as well as demonstrating sustainable farming systems in mountainous terrain, based on a careful use of natural resources.