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).
PAPGREN coordination and support
Mr William Wigmore
Mr Adelino S. Lorens
Dr Lois Englberger
Mr Apisai Ucuboi
Dr Maurice Wong
Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
Mr Frederick Muller
Mr Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
Mr Tony Jansen
Mr Finao Pole
Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
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Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Posted 1:38 PM by Luigi
Forestry in the Solomon Islands
HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 7) – The Government lost an estimated SB$29,930,324 (US$4.1 million) in logging revenue last year as a result of duty exemptions, an audit of the Forestry Department has uncovered. Auditor General Augustine Fatai says the loss represented a significant increase from 2003. He says in his report, presented to the Speaker of Parliament, Friday, that the administration and management of timber duty exemptions lack transparency and accountability. “Lack of proper forestry and accounting records - reconstructed records indicate significant arrears of timber royalty payments were due but not collected,” Fatai said in the report. “There were continuous breaches of agreement by logging companies but there has been a lack of action by the Department of Forestry, Environment and Conservation in relation to these breaches.” Among irregularities noted were “unlawful ex-gratia payments, unaccounted for advances made to individuals from logging c ompanies, and timber royalty payments diverted to private accounts.”
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