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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Sunday, November 06, 2005
Posted 2:01 PM by Luigi
Pacific regional organizations promote taxonomy for conservation and sustainable development
The Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC), the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) formally established a regional PACINET taxonomic support program in the year 2000. More recently, further cooperation among these regional institutions secured funding to establish a dedicated programme coordinator position that will considerably speed up delivery of PACINET's objectives.
PACINET is part of BioNET, the global network for taxonomy, and its objectives are to promote awareness of the importance of taxonomy to tackling conservation and sustainable development priorities in the Pacific. PACINET is thus part of a worldwide network of people and institutions dedicated to pooling, sharing and enhancing the world's taxonomic resources.
PACINET will operate like other BioNET-International regional networks (e.g. ASEANET and SACNET) in having a steering committee made up of Locally Organised and Operated Partnerships (LOOP).
PACINET will focus on increasing taxonomic capacity in the region and also providing coordinated access to existing taxonomic information. In the near future the program also hopes to facilitate and strengthen links between modern (scientific) taxonomy and local (vernacular or traditional) taxonomy as a foundation for improving the conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing of the benefits of biodiversity in the Pacific region.
Last month a former student of USP, Gilianne Brodie, took up the PACINET Coordinator position, based in Fiji. Although a SPC staff member, Gilianne will be hosted and based at USP, within the Institute of Applied Sciences. With a PhD in systematics, Gilianne is no stranger to the challenges of taxonomy and its fundamental importance to high profile global issues such as pest management, quarantine and the sustainabile conservation and use of biodiversity. Gilianne comes to this position from James Cook University in northern Australia, where she has been heavily involved with teaching and research on invertebrates, and the management of natural resources in tropical Australian coastal communities.
If you would like to know more about BioNET-PACINET, or discuss possible program linkages please feel welcome to contact Gilianne Brodie via IAS on 3232876 or by email at email@example.com.
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