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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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Posted 1:30 PM by Tevita
An exploration of tools and methodologies for valuation of biodiversity and biodiversity resources and functions
From : Eldis
How should we value biodiversity?
Most of the benefits we derive from biologically diverse ecosystems are not traded on markets and thus do not bear a price tag, making it difficult to make informed choices about their conservation and sustainable use.
This report provides technical information on the valuation of biodiversity. It offers an analysis of valuation methods, including changes in productivity, cost of illness and human capital, cost-based approaches, hedonic analysis, contingent valuation, choice modeling, and benefits transfer.
To support policymaking on biodiversity, both economic and non-economic approaches are discussed. These include cost-benefit analysis, national income accounts, multi criteria analysis, and deliberative and participatory approaches.
Based on a set of 13 valuation studies included in the report, the authors identify a need to include decision-making tools that are consensual and participation oriented, particularly when external costs have significant social consequences.
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