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Preserving the Ifugao Rice Terraces

Jovel Ananayo, Harold Richins, Ifugao State University, Philippines


The Ifugao Rice Terraces in the Cordilleras of the Philippines represent one of the world’s most extraordinary and beautiful agricultural landscapes, created over hundreds of years. A World Heritage Site, they were temporarily classified as ‘endangered’ in 2001 when 30% of the terraces were seen to be uncultivated or neglected.


Adapted from ‘Chapter 23 – Regional collaboration in community-based mountain tourism in World Heritage Sites: the Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Cordillera Central mountains in the Philippines’. In: Richins, H. and Hulls, J. (eds) Mountain Tourism: Experiences, Communities, Environments and Sustainable Futures . CABI, pp. 220–234.


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