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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Tuesday, April 05, 2005
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PGR Policy Training
Policy issues are recognized as being critical to sustainable conservation and use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) in the Pacific. Increasing the awareness of such issues among decision-makers and other stakeholders features prominently in the Pacific PGR Action Plan, agreed in 2001 at the launch of the Pacific Agricultural Plant Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN). Accordingly, such issues, and in particular the recently-concluded International Treaty on PGRFA, were discussed in the recent PAPGREN-sponsored SPC publication Policy Issues Related to PGR in the Pacific: A Guide for Researchers and Policymakers. They were also debated at length during the Meetings of Ministers and Heads of Agriculture and Forestry organized by SPC in October 2004. However, it was felt that further awareness-raising was necessary.
Dr Mary Taylor, Regional Germplasm Centre Adviser attended a training workshop on the use of the IPGRI/ISNAR Law and Policy Issues in PGR Conservation and Use training module in June 2004, with support from IPGRI, which is also providing technical support to PAPGREN and financial support via donor-funded projects. A week-long train-the-trainers workshop was thereafter organized by PAPGREN in late March 2005, with support from NZAID and ACIAR via projects that IPGRI has with SPC to support PGR networking in the Pacific. The objectives of the workshop were to provide PGR professionals and environmental law experts in the Pacific region with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to inform and train different stakeholders at the national level in PGR policy issues and concepts. More particularly, the workshop aimed to:
The dozen participants represented an unusual and stimulating mix of PGR practitioners, managers and environmental lawyers, and included staff of NGOs, government ministries of environment and agriculture and regional organizations from throughout the Pacific region. The programme was adapted from the training module and was flexible enough to allow changes during the course of the workshop itself to respond to specific suggestions by participants. Each day ended with participants listing the strengths and weaknesses of the day and completing a PAPA (participant action plan approach) form detailing possible actions to be taken on their return to the office, based on the day's activities. Each day began with volunteer participants summarizing the events of the previous day and the strengths and weaknesses of the programme. All exercises were done in three small groups (4-5 people) including one legal expert each.
A report on the course, including proposed follow-up activities and recommendations, is available on request.
To stay up to date with developments in law and policy related to PGRFA:
1. Contact SPC, SPREP as necessary
2. Consult – and contribute to – “PGR News from the Pacific” (blog and email news alerts)
3. Check out the websites of the major relevant international treaties
4. Email news alerts
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