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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Friday, May 26, 2006
Posted 5:02 PM by Luigi
Unchecked logging in parts of Solomons harms livelihoods
From Radio New Zealand International, 18:39 on 26 May, 2006 UTC
A report from Makira province in Solomon Islands says unchecked logging is spoiling water supplies, streams, food gardens.
The report compiled by an NGO delegate says local people believe that the Malaysian logging company, Yamkin Bayan, that has been logging their forests, has failed to comply with most of the license condition.
They say it is also felling a tree known locally as ngali nut which is a delicacy.
Communities in Ward 6 and 7 have protested against Yamkin Bayan but they do not have access to legal advice from the Honiara-based public solicitors office to clarify whether forest regulations have been violated.
The report says people have raised complaints and compensation claims against logging companies operating in other parts of Makira.
It says, however, that they are happy with the Middle Island logging company because it helps them with their community projects.
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