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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Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Posted 2:12 PM by Luigi
Malaysian loggers taking PNG revenue
ABC News Online: Tuesday, August 16, 2005. 2:18pm (AEST)
An international forest expert says five Malaysian companies are taking most of Papua New Guinea's revenue from logging, but showing no interest in PNG's long-term interests.
The director-general of the Centre for International Forestry Research, David Kaimowitz, says the Malaysian firms are taking almost all the logging money which should go to the PNG Government or villagers.
Dr Kaimowitz says the Malaysian loggers want to get as much as they can and then leave Papua New Guinea within 10 years.
"And those five Malaysian logging companies, up until now, have shown relatively little interest in the country's long-term development," he said.
"If those companies were more careful about how they logged, PNG could keep its forestry exports going practically sustainable into the future. But the way the forests are being mistreated today, they won't have timber to harvest for very long."
Dr Kaimowitz says wood exports are worth 10 per cent of PNG's exports, but forest exports peaked almost a decade ago.
He says it is becoming harder and harder to find high-value timber in Papua New Guinea. Dr Kaimowitz says that since Abdullah Badawi took over as Malaysia's Prime Minister from Dr Mahathir, Kuala Lumpur has shown more concern about the activities of Malaysian loggers.
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