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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Mr Tony Jansen
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Monday, November 07, 2005
Posted 11:22 AM by Luigi
Digital audio in Papua New Guinea
In the latest issue of CTA's ICT Update, Micael Olsson describe how digital audio technology helps to promote traditional culture as the basis for forest resource management.
"In the Managalas plateau, in Papua New Guinea, the Rainforest Literacy Project (RLP) is using a combination of broadcast radio and digital audio technology to reach families and village groups using formats that entertain as they inform and educate on forest resource management issues.
Indigenous groups like the Managalas still rely on the forest and its products for food, medicines and building materials. Even though the Managalas own their land, the growing population and expanding cash economy are gradually absorbing land traditionally reserved for forests and their by-products. The RLP seeks to raise awareness about the slow eradication of the resource base upon which the Managalas depend, and to build a consensus on a more balanced approach to address subsistence farming, cash cropping and the need for forest management."
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