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 Herman Francisco
Ms Rosa Kambuou
Ms Laisene Samuelu
Mr Jimi Saelea
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Posted 7:40 PM by Luigi
New Forest Inventory in Fiji
Ministry of Information and Communications Press Release, Wednesday 19th July, 2006
The Ministry of Fisheries and Forests is undertaking a new forest inventory to update the status of the native forest resources in the country.
The Minister for Fisheries and Forests, Ilaitia Tuisese said about $1 million will be spent on the National Forest Inventory project which will be completed in 2007. The inventory will provide the updated statistics of our forest distributions, densities and compositions and forest cover maps and will prevent exploitation, he said.
"There is an urgent need to get an updated knowledge and understanding of what is left in Fiji's remaining forest areas to enable better development planning." The last forest inventory was undertaken in 1991.
Mr Tuisese also said future policy decisions on our forest management and planning will be based from the output of the inventory. “A low profile Forest Certification program is also being undertaken to set up Certification Standards of forest products to access high niche markets in developed countries,” he said.
More and more international consumers demand that forest products (timbers, plywood, furniture) must come from a certified sustainable managed forest. If Fiji is to continue trading its timber products in international markets then the country must comply with the requirements of forest certifications.
Work of the Forest Certification project has been on going in Fiji for the past two years, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done and involves the following :
This work will mainly involve a lot of awareness, meetings, training, workshops and publications to ensure Fiji does not lose out in this transitional process.
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