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, January 26, 2005
Posted 12:42 PM by Luigi
Vanuatu group signs agreement to protect environment
By Eslyn Kaltongga - Vanuatu Daily Post
January 25, 2005
A Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) was signed last Friday between the Wantok Environment Centre (WTEC) and Sanma Provincial Council (SPC). WTEC is a non-government environmental organization incorporated in Vanuatu as a charity.
Its mission is to care and protect Vanuatu’s natural environment, recognizing its importance for all forms of life, for present and future generations and in the sustainable development of the country.
And its main focal area would be delivering technical support and other services needed by rural communities, families and individuals directly involved in the conservations/protection of Vanuatu’s wildlife and ecosystems and the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.
The Sanma Province and WTEC, under the agreement, recognize that “there is increasing devolution and responsibilities of provincial councils within Vanuatu in relation to social economic and environmental issues at the community level.”
The main objective of the MOU is to provide a framework for cooperation and collaboration between the parties in the area of sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in Vanuatu.
The duration of the MOU will be 3 years after which the agreement would be reviewed. Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Arnold Prasad was present on behalf of the Minister for Lands to witness the signing.
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