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, January 31, 2006
Posted 1:17 PM by Luigi
New Tropical Timber Agreement Negotiated
Thanks to Markus Streil of the GTZ-SPC Regional Forestry Project for this information.
United Nations Conference for the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (1994)
This was attended of PICTs by Fiji, PNG and Vanuatu. The new text calls for strengthening the capacity of member States "to improve forest law enforcement. . . and address illegal logging and related trade in tropical timber." It also encourages member States "to support and develop tropical timber reforestation, as well as rehabilitation and restoration of degraded forest land, with due regard for the interests of local communities dependent on forest resources."
The Agreement also notes that "poverty alleviation" should be an objective of tropical timber harvesting and trade.
Given the importance of commodities to many developing countries, these agreements also help to increase the transparency of markets for commodities through sharing statistics and other valuable data. The international commodity organizations - such as the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) - can also help developing countries make the best use of their commodity sectors.
The Agreement (for 10 years shall enter into force by 2008):
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