Terraced rice fields are not only for the growth of rice – they also help protect the surrounding natural environment. For example, they help prevent flooding and landslides. They also provide a home for many insects and small creatures.
The terraced rice fields store water. This water gradually soaks through the ground to become groundwater again and form part of the river basin.
Terraced rice fields are built on slopes. The daily farming and care of the fields prevents any slope collapse.
The water in the terraced rice fields suppresses the effects of rain and wind and prevents any soil erosion.
Rainwater is stored temporarily in the terraced rice fields until it soaks underground. This water is returned slowly to the river, which in turn keeps the amount of water in the river consistent.
By temporarily storing rainwater, the terraced rice fields act as a dam, slowing down the flow of rainwater and preventing flooding from happening.
Other uses of terraced rice fields:
●Providing a natural habitat for various organisms
● Providing an opportunity for learning about the environment
● Providing a beautiful and traditional scenery
This is why we want to continue to protect the terraced rice fields.