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

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Tuesday, May 01, 2007

    Leaders sound the alarm on island peoples' economies

    From: The Financial Express

    The effects of global warming could devastate local economies and force the migration of tens of thousands of people, warn the leaders of small island nations as they fight to put the issue in the global spotlight. "We are facing the spectre of environmental refugees, particularly in the Pacific, where it is likely that residents in the low-lying areas would be forced to migrate," Angus Friday, United Nations ambassador for the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, said in a recent press conference.

    The fear of massive displacement of human population is real. Flooding resulting from rising sea levels has already harmed agricultural lands and other natural resources vital to small islands' economies. In 2004 when Hurricane Ivan hit Grenada, for example, it wiped out 90 percent of the island's housing stock and completely devastated its nutmeg crops, the country's primary export, Friday said. While the country was still trying to recover, it was thrashed by another hurricane within a year that swept away more homes and crops, leaving the islanders with nothing but poverty and helplessness.

    The experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predict that tiny island nations will be the first to feel the full brunt of global warming. However, they account for only 0.0012 percent of the world's so-called greenhouse gas emissions, the main contributor to climate change. Research shows that in addition to destroying farming, climate change also poses serious threats to the survival of many marine species, which play a vital role in the economic well-being of those living on small islands. "Bear in mind that island states derive a lot of economic productivity from the seas," Friday, speaking on behalf of the bureau of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), told IPS. "In fact, many of us have more resources in the sea."

    The 43-member alliance, which includes countries from the Caribbean, Oceania, Africa and the Indian Ocean, was formed during the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil. In the Caribbean, the incubator of marine diversity lies in its coral reefs, which are rapidly disappearing due to bleaching caused by global warming, said Friday, explaining that it has not only affected fishing, but also many other genetic resources used for medical purposes.

    A UN study on climate change adaptation in the Caribbean, released in 2003, calculated that the economic losses for 11 islands in the region from more hurricanes would be nearly a billion dollars in tourism and other productive sources. Wary of the lack of resources required to deal with the dangers of climate change, the AOSIS is stepping up efforts to draw global attention to the declining economic and environmental situations in small island countries. Earlier this month, the alliance created a new bureau to emphasise practical implementation of existing UN treaties, including the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and resolutions that addressed the economic and environmental vulnerability of the island nations.

    In the past 15 years, according to AOSIS, the world community has made several commitments to providing assistance in sustainable development to small island nations, but so far it has failed to deliver any meaningful results. The alliance leaders maintain that their fast-deteriorating economic and environmental conditions demand heavy reliance on renewable energy, and for that purpose they need to acquire energy-efficiency technologies from the industrialised countries.

    The industrialised countries, where clean energy sources are increasingly being used, are nevertheless the most responsible for emissions of the gases that cause the greenhouse effect, which in turn causes the melting of polar ice and rising sea levels, and more intense weather phenomena like ferocious hurricanes.

    "Renewable energy for us is the only way to go," says Collin Beck, the permanent representative of Solomon Islands to the UN, adding that he hopes it will not only energise the population, but also lead to industrialisation and development. According to Beck, whose country is still grappling with the impacts of the Apr. 2 tsunami that killed 52 people, many small islands currently have no option but to spend huge portions of their national budgets on fossil fuels.

    The AOSIS has renewed efforts to focus international attention on the need for further negotiations to ensure the protection of small islands' environment and biodiversity. "We are calling for a new partnership amongst the members of the UN General Assembly to focus on practical implementations," says Friday, hoping that enhanced international cooperation will bring positive results for the economy and environment alike.

    In addition to assistance in clean energy technology, the islanders are seeking help in disaster management, legislation, sea defence infrastructure, indigenous development, and communications. IPS

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