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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Monday, June 27, 2005
Posted 3:19 PM by Luigi
Temotus in Solomon Islands ban logging
HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, June 26) – The Temotu Provincial government in the eastern Solomon Islands has imposed a logging ban in its jurisdiction. The province, which includes a number of islands, says the new policy will only allow timer milling. Speaking to Radio Australia, Temotu Provincial Secretary Eddie Daiwo says this is because of the province's small land mass. He explains that although logging in the past had caused minimal destruction to land and the province's forest environment, the province had decided not to allow any more logging operation to sell round logs. Mr Daiwo says the ban on round export was introduced in 1992 under the premiership of the former Governor General Sir John Ini Lapli. He says people can acquire timber rights but this does not mean the Province will grant any logging license because it is prohibited in the province. In the 1960s major logging operations had taken place on vanikoro and Santa Cruz for the highly priced kauri tree on government land.
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