04 January, 2009

Banaue Rice Terraces Postcard

The postcard shows the Banaue Rice Terraces or the Ifugao Rice Terraces which epitomize the absolute blending of the physical, socio-cultural, economic, religious, and political environment. Indeed, it is a living cultural landscape of unparalleled beauty.

Banaue Rice Terraces Postcard

UNESCO World Heritage Statement of Significance:

Criterion (iii): The rice terraces are a dramatic testimony to a community’s sustainable and primarily communal system of rice production, based on harvesting water from the forest clad mountain tops and creating stone terraces and ponds, a system that has survived for two millennia.


Criterion (iv): The rice terraces are a memorial to the history and labour of more than a thousand generations of small-scale farmers who, working together as a community, have created a landscape based on a delicate and sustainable use of natural resources.

Criterion (v): The rice terraces are an outstanding example of land-use resulting from a harmonious interaction between people and their environment which has produced a steep terraced landscape of great aesthetic beauty, now vulnerable to social and economic changes.

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Banaue Rice Terraces Postcards

SOURCE:
UNESCO World Heritage: Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras

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