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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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Posted 6:35 PM by Tevita
Plant a tree during the XIII South Pacific Games
From : Matangi
Apia, Samoa:It's hoped the spirit of the 13th South Pacific Games in Samoa will branch towards the environment with a 'Play it clean and green' campaign to be launched by SPREP, UNDP and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE).
Over a period of 2 set days during the South Pacific Games athletes, officials, managers and the general public will be given the opportunity to plant 2015 native trees at Tuanaimato National Park situated next to the athletics site at Faleata. 2015 represents the target year established for the Millennium Development Goals.
This will assist with carbon offsetting to help reduce the carbon dioxide released into the air. Nature has its own method for absorbing carbon emissions through trees and the ocean yet this natural system cannot keep up with the generated levels of carbon dioxide. The planting of more trees around the world assists with the absorption. During the South Pacific Games in Samoa visitors to the nation and it's residents will have the opportunity to play a personal role in carbon offsetting by planting a native tree.Each person who plants a tree during this time will be documented in a 'Tree Ambassador' book, along with receiving a 'medal' to acknowledge their participation. It is also intended that each tree planted will be tagged with a label reflecting the persons name and country. As Samoa counts down to the XIII South Pacific Games, SPREP will be issuing further releases about the 'Play it clean and green campaign'. SPREP, 04/07/07.
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