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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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Thursday, July 28, 2005
Posted 7:24 PM by Luigi
First draft of ITPGRFA's MTA negotiated
Meeting of the Contact Group for the Drafting of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement for the Multilateral System under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Hammamet, Tunisia. 18-22 July.
The Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) is the key tool of the Multilateral System (MS) for exchange of germplasm under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). There is general agreement that the SMTA must be as clear and easy to understand and use as possible, but with the necessary safeguards against non-compliance.
The Secretariat of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources, acting as Interim Secretariat to the ITPGRFA, established an Expert Group which put together a draft SMTA setting out various options. This meeting in Tunisia brought together representatives of all FAO Regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and SW Pacific) to negotiate (by consensus) a final SMTA. FAO’s SW Pacific region includes Australia, New Zealand and the PICTs. The participation of developing countries was funded by the US Government.
The result of the meeting was a “First Draft SMTA prepared by the Contact Group.” Much text remains in square brackets (i.e. not agreed by all), but the basic structure has been agreed:
Appendix 1. List of material provided under the SMTA and associated data. (i.e. the subject matter of the SMTA).
Appendix 2. Payment of benefit sharing. Essentially banking instructions.
These will be the main items on the agenda of a proposed further meeting of the Contact Group, probably in late 2005 or early 2006.
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