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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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Sunday, March 06, 2005
Posted 4:00 PM by Luigi
Two new EU Regional Projects in the Pacific
The following Joint Statement by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat & the Delegation of the European Commission for the Pacific describes two new EU-funded regional projects for the Pacific. The second may be of relevance to PGRa ndbiodiversity conservation.
Fourteen Pacific Island countries will benefit from two new regional projects funded by the European Union.
“These latest projects underline the strong support by the EU for development in the region, and the Forum is very grateful,” said Forum Secretary General, Greg Urwin, who is also Regional Authorising Officer for the EU’s multilateral assistance to the region.
Mr Urwin, and the Acting Head of Delegation of the European Commission for the Pacific, Ms. Maria Ralha, signed Financing Agreements for both projects totaling €3.56 million (FJD7.5 million).
The “Development of Tuna Fisheries in Pacific ACP Countries” (DEVFISH) project will be implemented by the Honiara-based Forum Fisheries Agency in conjunction with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea. Its goal is to increase economic benefits to the 14 Pacific ACP countries through better management of its tuna resources. The project aims to increase indigenous private sector involvement in the management and development of the tuna fishery and to address important trade issues for tuna products. The €3 million project will be run over four years.
The other project, the “Pacific Environment Information Network” (PEIN), will be implemented by the Apia-based South Pacific Regional Environment Programme over a three-year period. The project builds upon earlier work to establish environment information networks across all Pacific ACP countries. The network is used to share environment information so that countries may better plan environment strategies and initiatives. This phase of the project totals €560,000 (FJD1.2 million) and will focus on the Cook Islands, Niue, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Nauru. Phase one of the project received international acclaim by winning the environment category in the “Stockholm Challenge” in 2004.
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