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, August 19, 2007
Posted 1:05 PM by Tevita
Pacific Protected Areas Database
From : Pacific Biodoversity Information Forum
Created in 2003, the Pacific Protected Areas Database (PPAD) is a work in progress to document protected areas in the Pacific islands region of Oceania (Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia). The Pacific Biodiversity Information Forum is working to engage national, regional and international stakeholders to further the development of the database and increase the
ability for managers, scientists, policy makers and community members to gauge the distribution, representation and effectiveness of PA's across the region. Improvements
to the inventory include regular comprehensive data calls for updated information, increased online functionality, improved visual representation via Geographic Information System tools, and reclassification under the World Conservation Union protected areas category system.
The intention is for the information gathered in the database to feed directly into the larger international initiatives such as the World Database on Protected Areas, UN List of Protected Areas, and MPA Global. A meeting on the PPAD is scheduled to take place in Papua New Guinea
prior to the 8th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas in October.
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