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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Sunday, October 02, 2005
Posted 5:48 PM by Luigi
Planned development for Pacific forests: an awareness raising tour
Decision-makers will get an up-close look at Pacific forests during an innovative gathering in Nadi, Fiji, 3-6 October 2005. Participants from six Pacific island countries have been invited to go on a tour themed, ‘Investing in forests and trees for a balanced and secure economic, socially and environmentally sustainable future.’
By-passing forestry professionals, invitations are going out to around 40 non-forestry decision makers from the region. The participants will represent both public and private sector interests. While these people are not directly involved in forestry, their decisions can significantly affect the future of our forest resources and of Pacific Islanders.
The forestry-friendly tour, jointly organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Land Resources Division, the FAO National Forest Programme Facility and the SPC/GTZ Pacific-German Regional Forestry Project, will involve activities at the Mocambo Hotel, Nadi, including traditional songs and dances, drama, and plenary discussions focusing on the beneficial contributions of forests and trees to Pacific Islanders’ livelihoods. This will be followed by tours to Koroyanitu Ecotourism Park, villages of pine plantation landowners, small/medium-scale forest product processing industries and a number of other sites on Fiji’s main island.
Participants will have the opportunity to see for themselves the links between forestry and sustainable development. They will meet people who depend on forests, who make a living from processing and marketing forest products, and who are doing their utmost for the future of our forests.
The tour will highlight examples of good forestry management by rural villages which go largely unnoticed. By the end of the tour, participants will have a deeper understanding of the role of forests in underpinning sustainable development, reducing poverty, and conserving the environment.
Organisers of the tour are excited about its potential to extend high-level awareness of the Pacific’s forest resources. The combination of dialogue with forestry representatives and social and cultural interaction with villagers promises to leave participants with a lasting appreciation of the dependence of Pacific societies on proper management of their forests.
For more information: contact the Forests and Trees Adviser, SPC Land Resources Division PMB, Suva, Fiji Phone: (679) 3300 432 E-mail: email@example.com
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