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

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Wednesday, January 05, 2005

    Island Biodiversity Conservation Under the CBD

    Kate Brown of SPREP has just sent the following documents following the meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Experts Group on Island Biodiversity which took place in mid-December in Spain:
    She says that "the process from here is that the Programme of Work will go to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) meeting in Thailand in February and be discussed by all CBD Parties – where things will be added and subtracted. Following that it will go to the COP Meeting in 2006. It is by no means a perfect document but the key issues that we wanted to get right were the goals and targets. NZAID has approved funding to support the development of this POW from the Pacific perspective and we will be looking at developing case studies on how to implement the POW in the 18 mths between SBSTTA and when the POW gets approved in 2006. We will also be having a pre-COP preparatory meeting for the Pacific sometime in 2006. There is now a special working group of the Roundtable for Nature Conservation focused on the Island Biodiversity POW as convened by the Chair of the Roundtable. "

    The Programme of Work identifies the following global targets:
    1. By 2010 80% of the genetic diversity of domesticated and wild island species is conserved and the associated knowledge of indigenous and local communities maintained.
    2. By 2010 10% of island species are maintained, restored, or their population decline reduced.
    3. By 2010, 10% of island terrestrial ecoregions are effectively conserved and by 2012 [30%] of island marine ecosystems are effectively conserved.
    4. By 2010 [xx amount of] representative national and regional systems of effectively managed protected areas, recognizing ecological and physical connectivity, and designed to conserve viable populations of endangered, threatened, endemic, and/ or culturally important island species, established and the provision of ecological goods and services maintained.
    5. By 2010, measurable progress is made towards a global target of the restoration of 10% of degraded island ecosystems.
    6. By 2010, scientific capability, institutional support, legal frameworks, and infrastructure are in place to inventory and monitor the components of island biodiversity
    7. By 2010, unsustainable consumption of biological resources and its impact upon biodiversity is reduced
    8. By 2010, effective systems are in place to ensure that no species of wild flora and fauna are endangered by international trade
    9. By 2010, island biodiversity-based products are derived from sources that are sustainably managed, and production areas managed, consistent with the conservation of biodiversity and in order to support human well-being.
    10. By 2010 ,pressures from habitat loss, land use change and degradation, and unsustainable water use, are significantly reduced.
    11. By 2010, effective systems are in place to reduce pollution and improve waste management on islands.
    12. By 2010, scientific capability, institutional support, legal frameworks, and infrastructure are in place to prevent the introduction, establishment, spread, and negative impacts of high-risk, high-impact alien species to islands
    13. By 2010, minimize the vulnerability to and reduce the impact of climate change and sea level rise on island biodiversity.
    14. By 2010 ensure that management of the risks of natural disasters to island biodiversity is mainstreamed into national planning processes.
    15. By 2010, administrative, legislative and/or regulatory measures and systems are in place to regulate access to genetic resources, in particular those endemic to islands, and related knowledge and ensure that benefits arising from their utilization are fairly and equitably shared
    16. By 2010, the rights of indigenous and local communities over their traditional knowledge, innovations and practices, including the rights to benefit sharing, are recognized and protected
    17. By 2010 new and additional financial resources are allocated to small island developing States and for developing country Parties, to facilitate the effective implementation of this programme of work and, in general, their commitments under the Convention
    18. By 2010 technologies are transferred, to allow for the effective implementation of this programme of work and, in general, their commitments under the Convention
    19. By 2010 legislation and mechanisms that provide for the implementation of this programme of work is improved, enacted and enforced
    20. By 2010, strengthened island capacity to support the implementation of this programme of work and its supporting activities in national biodiversity strategies and action plans
    21. By 2010, national and regional progress in implementing this programme of work and in meeting the global targets is monitored.
    I can send the full documents to anyone who's interested.

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