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).
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Monday, July 23, 2007
Posted 1:29 PM by Tevita
Guam National Wildlife Refuge developing conservation strategy
From : Kuam News
The Guam National Wildlife Refuge is planning for the future, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing a comprehensive conservation plan. "The staff here, people that have previously worked here, some of the other local agencies have helped us to identify issues and questions that have come up. We've taken those and have put them into the planning update, explained Guam Wildlife Refuge project manager Chris Bandy.
He added that concerns raised and information being gathered from residents regarding the comprehensive conservation plan, will give fish and wildlife a clearer picture of what the people want in the CCP. Bandy adds that there are several projects to restore Guam's refuge's to their natural habitat. "We have a project where we're working with Guam forestry, where we're trying to grow through their office, seranthies nelsonia, which is an endangered tree. There's only actually one of them left that actually blooms and produces seeds on Guam," he said.
Another study project Fish and Wildlife is looking at are our coral reefs. Bandy says this weekend teams from the University of Guam, as well as fishery folks from Honolulu, will devise ideas of ways to monitor Guam's coral reefs and species inhabiting them. For Bandy, his main concerns are being able to work directly with the public to determine what they want out of the CCP. "We know that there are a number of fishermen for example who would like the refuge to be open earlier in the morning and stay open later at night," Bandy continued. "Those are information that we'll get from the public or have gotten from the public that we have to balance out. When might the green sea turtles come ashore and nest and if we have people here too late, will it dissuade some of the turtles from coming ashore in areas that they want to nest."
Another item also to be considered is allowing residents or suruhano's and surahana's to pick fruit and medicinal plants. Bandy says there are quite a few residents who come to the refuge for that reason. Despite his thoughts of wanting to allow people to pick native fruits and medicinal plants, it's a question that will possibly be up for debate because he's not sure whether the act is considered economic use. For those residents who say, give the land back and let islander's use it freely, Bandy says the refuge is a benefit to our island and providing testimony on the comprehensive conservation plan might help the feds and local residents find some common ground.
Said Bandy, "Those who wish to submit written testimony on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Comprehensive Conservation Plan, have until the end of August to submit their written testimony. You can also get the documents by checking out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's web site.
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