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
Mr William Wigmore
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, July 08, 2007
Posted 12:50 PM by Tevita
Developing countries seek fair deal on rights
From: TK Bulletin
BANDUNG, INDONESIA: 50 developing countries in Asia and Africa called on developed countries to accept a greater measure of international protection for traditional cultural expression (TCE), traditional knowledge (TK) and genetic resources (GRs). The move is aimed at protecting the intellectual property (IP) of developing countries from unfair use by developed countries. The demand came in the Bandung Declaration, made during a meeting of the Asia-Africa Forum on TCE, TK and GRs in Bandung, Indonesia. It seeks to stop the unfair use by developed nations of the IP resources of developing countries and prevent “all forms of misuse, distortion and misappropriation”.
Indigenous peoples share knowledge in the Pacific
SUVA, FIJI: Addressing environmental conservation in the Indo-Pacific region is the aim of a three-day First Peoples Worldwide (FPW) and Indigenous Stewards Initiatives (ISI) meeting at the USP Marine Studies Centre, in Suva, Fiji. The meeting is discussing indigenous stewardship in the Pacific region, traditional knowledge and stewardship practices, economics of restoration, land and marine ecosystem and traditional authority.
PNG: Protecting Traditiional Knowledge
The debate on the protection and ensuring access to traditional knowledge continues in different forms around the world. Work in the Pacific on a legal instrument for the protection of traditional Knowledge, since 1999, has resulted in the ‘Pacific Model Law for the Protection of Traditional Knowledge’, which was endorsed by the Pacific Ministers of Culture in 2004. PNG is now going through the process of considering it for possible adoption. With the assistance of K33,000-00 from the World bank, the Toimtop Youth (Toimtop: a little village in the East Pomio District of East New Britain) were able to build the Toimtop Bio-Cultural Resource Center. While the Center is multi-purpose, one of its main functions was to document the cultural resources of Mengen and Sulka tribes, and for storage in perpetuity.
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