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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Mr Herman Francisco
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Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
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Thursday, December 16, 2004
Posted 1:34 PM by Luigi
Update on the International Treaty on PGRFA
According to the FAO website, the Cook Islands acceded to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) on 2 December 2004. This is the first Pacific Island Coutry or Territory to accede to the ITPGRFA. Some 27 countries have acceded in total, though more than 40 instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession have been deposited with FAO. This was the number needed for the Treaty to come into force, which it did on 29 June 2004.
The following is from the FAO website:
The FAO Conference, at its Thirty-first Session (November 2001), through Resolution 3/2001, approved the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. In accordance with Article 25 of the Treaty, it was opened for signature at FAO Headquarters on 3 November 2001 and remained open for signature until 4 November 2002 by all Members of FAO and any States that are not Members of FAO but are Members of the United Nations, or any of its specialized agencies or of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Under Article 26, the Treaty is subject to ratification, acceptance or approval by the Members and non-Members of FAO referred to in Article 25. Instruments of ratification, acceptance, or approval are deposited with the Director-General of FAO. Under Article 27, the Treaty is open for accession by all Members of FAO and any States that are not Members of FAO but are Members of the United Nations, or any of its specialized agencies or of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Instruments of accession are deposited with the Director-General of FAO.
In accordance with Article 28, the Treaty entered into force on the ninetieth day after the deposit of the fortieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, provided that at least twenty instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession have been deposited by Members of FAO. On 31 March 2004, 13 instruments (including the European Community) were deposited with the Director-General of FAO. Having reached the required number of instruments in order for the Treaty to enter into force (40), the date of entry into force is 29 June 2004.
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