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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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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.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Posted 3:42 PM by Luigi
Logging plans stirs concern in Temotus
From Markus Streil (GTZ Forestry Operations Specialist SPC/GTZ Pacific-German Regional Forestry Project - PGRFP): It looks to me like they just do not want the conventional ‘cut and run’ loggers take all, instead getting themselves involved and develop own capacities including processing. I mean if their harvesting intensity is appropriate (sustainable as PGRFP advocates: 30% of total stand > 35cm /medium) they can come back to coupe one / have a rotation of 26 years and with landowner consent and participation at the end it can be called well managed or even Sustainable Forestry Management. Maybe they need some advice and a good partner organisation to be able to go for SFM.
HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, July 11) - The announcement that a logging company has obtained a long-term contract to cut trees on Vanikoro Island in the Solomon Islands has upset landowners in the area. [PIR editor’s note: Vanikoro is in Temotu province, at the eastern limit of the Solomons.] A spokesperson for the landowners, Pae Vakimaru, said the announcement has raised concern because landowners were not consulted. He also noted a recent announcement by the Temotu provincial government that logging would be banned in the province.(there was an earlier article) “I live on Vanikoro but while in Honiara I heard that the Temotu Province is facilitating Vanikoro Timber Ltd.,” he said. “But during the Second Appointed Day, the deputy premier announced that the Vanikoro Lumber Ltd. will log the area for 26 years, which is all confusing.” He said there are rumors that the two companies are not registered businesses, but have registered an existing license, No. 132, in 1995 under ‘Vanikoro Saw Milli ng Company Ltd.,’ of which Augustine Nako is an applicant.
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