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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Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Posted 4:51 PM by Luigi
Just sent out this PAPGREN Update No. 3.
First of all, let me apologize for falling a bit behind with these updates of PAPGREN activities. The past couple of months have been a bit busy, and I just wanted to wait until we had a few things out of the way before sending a final update for 2002. However, I've been keeping a regular log on the Internet, which you can check it out for some more details of what's been going on. Click "archives" for entries for previous weeks. I've also been putting in there all kinds of items I think might be of interest to people working on PGR in the Pacific, such as links to news items, websites and publications. If you've got a piece of information you'd like to share with the PGR community in the Pacific, let me know and I'll put it in. Let me know if you find this "weblog" useful, I'll try to update it at least a few times a week.
The main things that have happened are:
1. We organized national PGR stakeholder consultations in Papua New Guinea with NARI and in Fiji with MASLR in November. These were both extremely interesting exercises which came up with some clear priorities for work in these countries, and also established national coordinating mechanisms. We're still working on the reports, but I'll send these out as soon as they're ready (and also put some highlights on the weblof, of course).
2. We also held theTaroGen TGRC meeting at the end of November here in Suva, followed by a one-day meeting to discuss recent PAPGREN activities and plans and also come up with some ideas for breadfruit genetic resources conservation and use in the region. I've just sent out draft reports on these last deliberations to meeting participants and once I get feedback and finalize them, I'll send them out to all of you, and also put summaries on the weblog.
3. We obtained some funding from FAO to carry out in Fiji and PNG surveys of the activities that have been carried out in the past few years in the framework of implementation of the Global Plan of Action for PGRFA. To remind you, the GPA was a set of priority activities agreed by the 150+ countries that attended the ICPPGR conference in Leipzig, Germany in 1996. You can get more information here.
4. We have also been continuing to organize the 3rd Taro Symposium, planned for next May here in Fiji. There's financial backing from SPC and FAO, and we're hoping for a contribution from CIRAD and others too. We have a leaflet with some further information and a call for papers that I can send you if you're interested. A website is almost ready. I hope many of you will come.
5. The Biodiversity and Conservation course at USP came to an end. We helped mark papers and exams. All 8 students passed, with reasonably good grades. We really hope to continue this collaboration with USP in the future, and perhaps expand it.
Finally, let me take this opportunity of wishing you all the best for the holidays, and a happy, prosperous and peaceful 2003.
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