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

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Tuesday, June 14, 2005

    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 aroha.mead@vuw.ac.nz or aroha@earthcall.org.

    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.

    Best wishes

    Aroha Te Pareake Mead & Ken MacDonald Co-Chairs

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