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 2:08 PM by Luigi
This happened a couple of weeks ago but I'm still working on the final reports:
Representatives of 4 regional agencies in the Pacific (USP, SPC, ForSec, WWF) met at SPC, Suva, Fiji on 3 October 2002 to enhance each other’s awareness of their activities on Intellectual Property Rights, and thus contribute to improved regional coordination and a more coherent and effective message and advice being passed on to PICs. This was a follow-up to a meeting of Directors of ForSec, SPREP and SPC on 2 October 2002 at the Forum Secretariat. Each organization summarized their IPR activities, and this was followed by wide-ranging discussions and a mapping exercise which highlighted overlaps and gaps. The discussion was assisted by a legal expert, Mr Clark Peteru. The meeting decided that clarification was needed for the inclusion of genetic resources for food and agriculture within the IP frameworks under development for biodiversity and traditional knowledge. It was recommended that a CROP Working Group on IPR be established to monitor international initiatives on IPR, coordinate IPR activities among CROP organizations, and ensure harmonised and coordinated approach to assist member countries to implement IP frameworks.
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