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
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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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Sunday, April 29, 2007
Posted 4:13 PM by Tevita
Indonesian governors vow to step up conservation effort
From: ABC Radio Australia
Governors from three key Indonesian rainforest provinces have promised to take steps to curb logging, as part of efforts to reduce the impact of climate change.
The pledge came in a joint statement issued after a World Bank sponsored meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali. The governors of Aceh, Papua and West Papua provinces also appealed to Jakarta and the international community to provide financial incentives through carbon trading schemes.
Aceh's governor says he has agreed to a temporary ban on logging in the province, while the governors of Papua and West Papua provinces say they have promised to revoke logging licences of companies that fail to replant or assist local communities.
Thousands more forest rangers will also be recruited as part of the conservation effort.
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