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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, June 03, 2007
Posted 1:51 AM by Tevita
Leadership Award for Hon Anote Tong
KIRIBATI President, The Honourable Anote Tong has been presented with an Outstanding Conservation Leadership Award by Conservation International (CI) in recognition of his global leadership in protected areas with the declaration of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) in March 2006. At 184,700 square kilometres (18.5 million hectares) the PIPA is the third largest marine protected area in the world.
The PIPA has been created in collaboration with the New England Aquarium and CI.At a ceremony on May 11 at CI's global headquarters in Arlington (Virginia) President Tong received the Outstanding Conservation Leadership Award from CI President Dr. Russ Mittermeier. "We applaud the leadership shown by President Tong on behalf of the people of Kiribati," said Dr Mittermeier. "The Phoenix Islands Protected Area is an important sanctuary for the unique biodiversity of the Pacific region, which includes many species of coral, reef fish, seabirds and turtles."
"Conservation International will continue to support the Government of Kiribati in the planning and management of this marine protected area, which is a great gift to the heritage of the people of Kiribati, and to mankind," added Dr Mittermeier.
Accepting the award President Tong said he hoped others would follow his example by taking steps to protect threatened natural resources. "We are able to enjoy our oceans and reefs, and we continue to profit from the resources they provide, but have a responsibility to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to do the same," said President Tong. "With the threat of global climate change remoteness can no longer be relied upon to conserve our atolls, reefs and marine life," said President Tong. "I hope other countries - in particular developed countries - will follow the example set by the Republic of Kiribati and take action to protect the world?s natural resources."President Tong was congratulated by Dr Greg Stone, Vice President for Global Marine Programs at the New England Aquarium (Boston, USA), whose research team has carried out several expeditions in the region, documenting the unique biodiversity values of the Phoenix Islands.
Kiribati is the largest atoll nation is the world with an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 3.6 million square kilometres. The PIPA which includes islands, seabed, seamounts, open ocean and coral reefs represents approximately five per cent of the EEZ.The management and enforcement of the protected area will be financed through an endowment system which will also compensate the government for lost fishing licence revenues. In the face of multiple threats to marine biodiversity this represents a sustainable way to finance a conservation scheme. CI's Global Conservation Fund is financing the implementation phase and will begin the capitalisation of the endowment. CI, 30/05/07.
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