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).
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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
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Posted 4:25 PM by Luigi
IUCN Conservation and Culture Working Group
The following message is posted on “PGR News from the Pacific” on behalf of Aroha Te Pareake Mead. You can contact Aroha for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
This notice is an official announcement of the formation of a Conservation and Culture Working Group (CCWG) within the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) of IUCN-The World Conservation Union. We are now at the point of establishing a membership and hope that people from the Pacific will contribute their knowledge and skills to the group.
The CCWG has emerged out of a concern that the 'conservation establishment' has not taken a sophisticated approach to a consideration of the role of culture (broadly defined) and cultural politics. The group is meant to rectify that and you can read more about the goals of the group and a description of activities and goals of the group in separate documents available on request. This is not written in stone and we hope that it will develop as the group engages in specific initiatives over the next few years.
We have also included a membership form and hope that you will all take the time to fill it out and return it to the contacts listed at the bottom of the form. This will help us to develop a profile of the group membership and promote the activities of the group to relevant interests.
At this point, we also need to establish a work plan to guide our activities over the next three years. We understand that different people in the group have different interests in the general subject area and we would be grateful if you could provide some feedback over the next few days to see what you would like the group to accomplish.
The CMWG (Collaborative Management Working Group) has focused on knowledge generation through publications, but we would like to tread a different path. One of the things that we would like to see happen is the development of an inventory of formalized protected areas (again broadly defined) that have an explicit cultural rationale (e.g., the recently established Vilcanota Spiritual Park near Cusco, Peru). Terra Lingua has begun this effort and we would like to see it continue to grow. We would also like to develop a series of longitudinal studies of such areas through which we might make clearer explicit and dynamic relations between belief systems, material practice and conservation outcomes in particular locales over specific time periods. It seems to me that this is what's needed to respond to the reactionary positions of most conservation biologists whenever the relation between conservation and culture is raised. We were appalled at the dominant attitudes we encountered among 'pure scientists' at the World Parks Congress in 2003, and believe that we need a sophisticated program of cultural research devoted to conservation to challenge the 'culture' of conservation science.
Finally it would be wonderful if we could somehow find the funding to hold a conference or a workshop through which we could take stock of the state of knowledge, and have an open debate of sorts on relevant issues. This might culminate in a series of publications prior to the next World Conservation Congress.
We would also like to establish regional correspondents to inventory and keep tabs on developments in particular geographical regions. We hope to develop a database engine for the website that we can use for entering relevant information.
That's it for now. Once again, we'd be grateful if you could fill out the membership forms and pass along your input to help structure a general workplan. We will have the discussion list up and running soon and look forward to productive relationships over the next few years.
Aroha Te Pareake Mead & Ken MacDonald Co-Chairs
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