A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
SPC also hosts the Centre of Pacific Crops and Trees (CEPaCT). The CEPaCT maintains regional in vitro collections of crops important to the Pacific and carries out research on tissue culture technology. The CEPaCT Adviser is Dr Mary Taylor (MaryT@spc.int), the CEPaCT Curator is Ms Valerie Tuia (ValerieT@spc.int).
PAPGREN coordination and support
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Thursday, October 17, 2002
Posted 4:30 PM by Luigi
I'll be in Kuala Lumpur next week for the annual planning meeting of the IPGRI Regional Office for Asia, Pacific and Oceania (IPGRI-APO), but before I go I just wanted to bring you up to date on developments on the national PGR stakeholder consultations. These workshops are an important component of the PAPGREN workplan agreed in Sept. 2001.
This is the current plan:
1. We hope to hold an initial consultation for the government sector only in Fiji on 19-20 November. The venue will be Koronivia or nearby. This will require preliminary, ground-preparing visits to some of the invitees from ministries other than agriculture, which Tevita Kete and I hope to do this week. There will then be a wider national consultation at a later date, but the national committee considered that it was important to bring the government sector together first.
2. Rosa Kambuou is planning a national consultation in Lae for 5-6 Nov. We also discussed the programme last week and she'll come back to me with a final version hopefully very soon.
3. We hope to carry out an initial genetic diversity/erosion assessment in different regions within the Solomon Islands with Tony Jansen and the Kastom Gaden Association in the next few weeks as input to a national consultation in Honiara later this year.
4. I'm planning a visit to Samoa later this year to jump-start preparations for the national consultation there.
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