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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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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Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Posted 5:23 PM by Luigi
The first meeting of the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA
Below is the executive summary of John Madden's (DAFF) report on the above meeting. John was the chair of the Souhwest Region's delegation, which included representatives from Cooks Islands, Kiribati, Samoa and Fiji. I can send the full report.
The first meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Treaty) was held in Madrid from 12-16 June 2006. The Governing Body had to decide on a number of matters to make the Treaty fully operational. In summary, the Treaty’s objectives are the conservation and use of plant genetic resources for sustainable agriculture and food security.
There was a strong mood of pessimism at the start of the meeting, with many considering that there would not be sufficient agreement to make the Treaty operative. The Southwest Pacific region’s view was cautiously optimistic. Our key objective was to get the Treaty up and running, in order to provide certainty to plant breeders. Other objectives were to see as many of the conclusions agreed at the Fiji workshop put into effect as we could. Through vigorous negotiation, the delegation was able to achieve almost all of the outcomes sought, while postponing consideration of others.
The decisions included:
The Governing Body meeting successfully addressed a number of issues that had not been able to be resolved in negotiating the Treaty, or which required detailed consideration in order to implement its provisions. As a result of the decisions made by the first Governing Body meeting, the operations of the Treaty should prove to be efficient and well focussed.
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