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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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Monday, June 27, 2005
Posted 10:20 PM by Luigi
Fiji Cabinet approves National Rural Land Use Policy
From the Fiji Government Online Portal, June 22nd 2005
Cabinet has approved the development of a National Rural Land Use Policy for Fiji. Cabinet based its decision on the submission by the Minister for Agriculture, Sugar and Land Resettlement, Ilaitia Tuisese, of the report on Land Use Practices and Related Issues.
Mr Tuisese explained that currently Fiji does not have an integrated rural land-use policy or national land-use plan, although there is an existing legislation called the Land Conservation and Improvement Act. He said that there is a need to develop the rural land use policy for wise, holistic decision making in the allocation of resource for different uses and sustainable land resources development and management.
Mr Tuisese further explained that the Fiji economy has a narrow base and performance is heavily dependent on the performance of tourism and the sugar industry. In addition, Mr Tuisese said that Fiji’s obligation as a signatory to the United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification / Land degradation (UNCCD) is to provide measures to prevent land degradation and rehabilitate degraded land through a rural land use policy and plan.
Mr Tuisese said that the development of a rural land-use policy for Fiji would see an increased public awareness on land resources, including soil, water and flora are interdependent and must be managed in an integrated way; and that the individual land user and the community have a responsibility for preventing and mitigating land degradation.
“It would also result in increased public awareness of the values of trees and forests, as well as a regulatory framework for the protection and sustainable development and management of rural land resources. There would also be appropriate mechanisms to protect farmlands and forests from fire, pests and pathogens; institutional reform to support and enhance capabilities in all rural sector activities; and protection of water and soil values. The policy would further ensure research, training and education to: improve land assessment and evaluation; land husbandry practices; farm and forest productivity and values; and land-use planning.”
Mr Tuisese said under the policy, there would be good governance strategies to expand and diversify sustainable economic activity, increase employment, added-value earnings and promotion of social development goals.
He added that there would also be an effective Fiji involvement with, and contribution to, global issues that have laws related to the environment, rural development, sustainable land management, etc.
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