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).
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Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Posted 5:24 PM by Luigi
Niue forest project a bust - A news report and comment
ALOFI, Niue (Pacnews, April 23) - Niue's big re-forestation project has collapsed. The New Zealand funded aid program was designed to plant thousands of hectares of pacific hardwood, which could be harvested in 40 years. But five years on, the trees are not growing well and landowners who leased land for the project have bowed out. They were being paid to keep tree lines clear. However with increased migration, there is no one to look after the trees. A consultant from New Zealand has been working with landowners and the government to tidy up the project but sources from Wellington say NZAid will not allocate any more funds for the failed reforestation project.
Comment from Dr Lex Thompson
Disappointing to read but never really a 'big' re-forestation project even by Pacific standards. Another all-to-common case of development before research, and the choice of inappropriate poorly adpated species, in this case mainly mahogany. More recent small-scale field trials on Niue by DAFF have shown that certain native species such as Syzygium inophylloides and Terminalia richii (re-introduced from Samoa through SPRIG after it had become extinct on Niue) grow better with good form and timber properties (and I reckon mixed plantings of these and other species would have been a success, at least technically). On my visit to Niue last year we were shown a hitherto unknown population of sandalwood/yasi and this would have been a more appropriate tree species to grow in commercial plantations given its good adaptation & high value, compatability with nature conservation, Niue's poor wharf facilities and dwindling population/labour force and domestic timber needs, etc.
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