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, February 19, 2006
Posted 1:49 PM by Luigi
Environmental journalists must be better informed
Fiji Times, February 18, 2006
JOURNALISTS need to be better informed about environmental issues to enable them to produce better reports.
University of the South Pacific journalism program coordinator Shailendra Singh said the seminar was organised to enlighten journalists on major environmental issues affecting Fiji and the fragile ecosystems of the region.
"Providing in-depth and analytical environmental coverage is a challenge for journalist's and the aim of the seminar is to enrich the media's understanding of this crucial issue," said Mr Singh.
He said at the same time, people should keep in mind that journalists were in a position to inform, educate the public and encourage opinion and advocacy.
Topics from climate change, conservation biology, over fishing, turtle conservation, marine protected areas, evolving environmental issues, biodiversity, depletion and protection of resources and plastics as a major environmental hazard, were discussed.
He said participants of the seminar should be able to look at ways to improve the level of environmental reporting in Fiji and the region.
Speakers at the seminar were scientists, researchers, environmentalists and experts from Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, the Foundation of the People of the South Pacific and Seaweb, a non-profit organisation that is communications based which promotes ocean conservation.
Mr Singh said speakers came from the USP Faculty of Islands and Oceans, Institute of Applied Sciences, School of Biological Sciences and School of Chemical Sciences.
Participants at the seminar were professional and student journalists.
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