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 3:07 PM by Luigi
PRESS RELEASE - just in
Regional NGOs Sign Historic Agreement
Leaders of Pacific regional Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) will sign a historic agreement at the Tradewinds Floating Restaurant in Suva, Fiji Islands on October 18, 2002. Representatives of regional NGOs have been working together over the past year to develop a Clearing House Framework for Regional NGO Capacity Building. This process will culminate in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will be the basis for future cooperation in the area of Pacific NGO capacity building in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of programs.
Capacity building is broadly defined as the strengthening of NGOs so that they are able to carry out their intended work. This includes the strengthening of financial and management systems, the development of personnel and the ability to achieve financial independence.
The regional NGOs involved have asked the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) to act as a clearing house for information about capacity building projects in the Pacific region. This clearing house role will include the distribution of information through PIANGO’s existing newsletters, mailing lists and website, as well as the establishment of a new inventory of projects which will be made available in print and on the internet.
Over 50 guests will attend the MOU signing ceremony, including representatives from government, diplomatic missions, funding agencies, local NGOs and the media.
Technical assistance and funding for this process have been provided by: Catholic Committee Against Hunger and for Development (CCFD), France (http://www.ccfd.asso.fr); the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canada (http://acdi-cida.gc.ca/) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Fiji (http://www.undp.org.fj/) through the CIDA-UNDP Pacific NGO Capacity Building Initiative; New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) (http://www.nzaid.govt.nz/).
Participating Non-Governmental Organisations
-Disabled Peoples International Oceania Subregion
-Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre
-Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific International
-Pacific Foundation for the Advancement of Women
-Pacific Concerns Resource Centre
-Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation
-Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations
-Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association
-Pacific Island Museum Association
-South Pacific and Oceanic Council of Trade Unions
-World Wide Fund for Nature Pacific.
For further information, please contact:
PIANGO Secretary General
P.O. Box 164
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Tel: +678 25607
Fax: +678 25609
The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) is a regional network of 22 NGO focal points or coordinating bodies known as National Liaison Units (NLUs). PIANGO was formally established in 1991 to assist NGOs in the Pacific to initiate action, give voice to their concerns and work collaboratively with other development actors for just and sustainable human development. PIANGO’s primary role is to be a catalyst for collective action, to facilitate and support coalitions and alliances on issues of common concern, and to strengthen the influence and impact of NGO efforts in the region.
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