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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Sunday, July 23, 2006
Posted 3:11 PM by Luigi
Plant trees to protect Guam's soil and water
By Joseph Tuquero, Pacific Daily News.
Due to erosion and sedimentation into one of Guam's major drinking water sources, Fena Lake, certain southern villages are experiencing little or no water, which we all know is quite an inconvenience.
Much of this erosion is the effect of large masses of wild grassland fires. One basic solution, of course, is to stop wildland arson, possibly through increased enforcement. Another solution, where the community can get involved, is to restore these grasslands with trees. Trees do not burn as easy as grassland. Some trees, upon establishment, become somewhat fire-proof by surviving fires, restore soil quality and produce seeds that germinate quickly when exposed to heat from fires.
Under the U.S. Forest Service, Guam Forestry addresses these erosion problems through the Forest Stewardship Program. The purpose of the FSP is to assist private forest landowners keep these lands in a productive and healthy condition for the landowner and the island community, and to increase the economic and environmental benefits from these lands. Grasslands, with or without existing tree cover, especially lands that have been disturbed by wildland fires and are prone to erosion, are priority target lands for restoration.
Thousands of erosion-control seedlings are produced yearly by Guam Forestry and are available for landowners who qualify for the FSP. Large savannah landowners can get labor help for planting through volunteer groups. Volunteer groups have been and continue assisting in planting tree seedlings in grasslands located in the Ugum and Fouha Watersheds, and grasslands surrounding Fena Lake.
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