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

  • CTA
  • SPC
  • CEPaCT

     genebank locations
    Click on the thumbnail to see a map of the locations of Pacific genebanks. Click here to download a regional directory of genebanks in the Pacific, including information on their location, contact details and holdings.

    PAPGREN partners

    Mr William Wigmore
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture
    Department of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 96
    Cook Islands
    Tel: (682) 28711-29720
    Fax: (682) 21881
    Email: cimoa@oyster.net.ck

    Mr Adelino S. Lorens
    Agriculture Pohnpei
    Office of Economic Affairs
    P.O. Box 1028
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Tel: (691) 3202400
    Fax: (691) 3202127
    Email: pniagriculture@mail.fm

    Dr Lois Englberger
    Island Food Community of Pohnpei
    Research Advisor
    P.O. Box 2299
    Pohnpei 96941
    Federated States of Micronesia
    Email: nutrition@mail.fm

    Mr Apisai Ucuboi
    Director of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest
    Koronivia Research Station
    P.O. Box 77
    Fiji Islands
    Tel: (679) 3477044
    Fax: (679) 3477546-400262
    Email: apisainu@yahoo.com

    Dr Maurice Wong
    Service du Developpement Rural
    B.P. 100
    Tahiti 98713
    French Polynesia
    Tel: (689) 42 81 44
    Fax: (689) 42 08 31
    Email: maurice.wong@rural.gov.pf

    Mr Tianeti Beenna Ioane
    Head, Research Section
    Division of Agriculture
    Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
    P.O. Box 267
    Tel: (686) 28096-28108-28080
    Fax: (686) 28121
    Email : agriculture@tskl.net.ki; Beenna_ti@yahoo.com

    Mr Frederick Muller
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 1727
    Majuro 96960
    Marshall Islands
    Tel: (692) 6253206
    Fax: (692) 6257471
    Email: rndsec@ntamar.net

    Mr Herman Francisco
    Bureau of Agriculture
    Ministry of Resources & Development
    P.O. Box 460
    Koror 96940
    Tel: (680) 4881517
    Fax: (680) 4881725
    Email: bnrd@pnccwg.palaunet.com

    Ms Rosa Kambuou
    Principal Scientist PGR
    NARI Dry Lowlands Programme
    Laloki Agricultural Research Station
    P.O. Box 1828
    National Capital District
    Papua New Guinea
    Tel: (675) 3235511
    Fax: (675) 3234733
    Email: kambuou@global.net.pg

    Ms Laisene Samuelu
    Principal Crop Development Officer
    Crops Division
    Ministry of Agriculture, Forests, Fisheries & Meteorology
    P.O. Box 1874
    Tel: (685) 23416-20605
    Fax: (685) 20607-23996
    Email: lsamuelu@lesamoa.net

    Mr Jimi Saelea
    Director of Research
    Department of Agriculture and Livestock
    P.O. Box G13
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 27987

    Mr Tony Jansen
    Planting Materials Network
    Kastom Gaden Association
    Burns Creek, Honiara
    P.O. Box 742
    Solomon Islands
    Tel: (677) 39551
    Email: kastomgaden@solomon.com.sb

    Mr Finao Pole
    Head of Research
    Ministry of Agriculture & Forests
    P.O. Box 14
    Tel: (676) 23038
    Fax: (676) 24271
    Email: thaangana@hotmail.com

    Mr Frazer Bule Lehi
    Head of Research
    Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    Private Mail Bag 040
    Port Vila
    Tel: (678) 22525
    Fax: (678) 25265
    Email: flehi@hotmail.com

    Other links

    Other CROP agencies
    Forum Secretariat
    University of the South Pacific

    Pacific biodiversity
    Biodiversity hotspots
    Breadfruit Institute
    Hawaiian native plants
    Intellectual property rights
    Nature Conservancy
    WWF South Pacific Program

    Other Pacific organizations
    Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific
    Micronesian Seminar
    Te Puna web directory

    Pacific news
    Cafe Pacific
    CocoNET Wireless
    Island Directory
    Pacific Islands News
    Pacific Islands Report
    Pacific Islands Travel
    Pacific Time
    South Pacific travel
    Time Pacific

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    Sunday, September 09, 2007

    Climate change impact on indigenous peoples� water security, land use, among issues

    From : Media Newswire

    The climate was changing on climate change� and, with that, there was a growing appreciation that much more needed to be done, and quickly, said a panellist at a round-table discussion today, as the DPI/NGO Conference, with its focus on the impact of climate change, continued at Headquarters.What had happened in the past year had been absolutely remarkable -- there had been reports, discussions, and headlines on the issue, including at every summit, said panellist Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Director of the Secretariat for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Many new truths had been learned, some of them inconvenient. There was now a solid and scientific understanding and consensus that climate change was unequivocal.Addressing a panel entitled �The Economics and Politics of Energy and Climate Change�, he said, however, that that sense of urgency still had not taken hold in intergovernmental negotiations because of fear of economic hardship. On the one side, industrialized countries feared that acting aggressively would mean losing an economic advantage. Developing countries worried that action on climate change would impact poverty eradication and economic development. However, that reluctance was based on a misconception that economic growth and climate protection were mutually exclusive. Rather, they reinforced each other.The topics for the other round-table discussions were: �Water Security and Climate Change�; �Indigenous Peoples, Culture and Traditional Knowledge�; and �Coping with Climate Change -- Best Land Use Practices�. Two more round-table sessions will be convened tomorrow morning, before the Conference concludes in the afternoon with the adoption of a declaration.Assessing the effects of climate change on water security, including ways in which the projected increase in both droughts and floods would exacerbate existing strains between impoverished peoples and their access to water, Cecilia Ugaz, Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP ) Human Development Report Office, said that, by the end of today, 5,000 children will have died because of lack of access to water. The numbers associated with the water crisis were already staggering: more than 40 billion hours per year were devoted to women�s collection of water; 1.1 billion people had no access to water; and 2.6 billion people were without sanitation.During the interactive session on the impacts on indigenous peoples, the panel provided examples of local initiatives that demonstrated the indigenous peoples� commitment to defend their cultures through active participation in efforts to reduce human-induced causes of the phenomenon. In many parts of the world, the indigenous communities were among the first victims of climate changes.One panellist, a representative of a non-governmental organization and member of the Maasai tribe in Kenya, Daniel Salau Rogei, asserted, �We are all in the same sinking ship, and it�s going to take everybody working together to scoop all the water out.� Fiu Mata�ese Elisara-La�ulu, Director of Ole Siosimaga Society ( OLSSI ) in Samoa, said that bystanders, who knew the world was in crisis, but did nothing, were just as bad as the architects of the crisis. He urged Government leaders to ask indigenous people about the effects of climate change before taking any decisions, and tribal peoples not to act under pressure from global processes driven by big Governments.The panel on best land use practices focused on, among other things, innovative ways to minimize and cope with the negative impacts of climate change, primarily the erratic weather patterns, which aggravated famine and mass migrations in already burdened areas. Rosiland Peterson, California President and Co-Founder of the Agriculture Defense Coalition ( ADC ), expressed concern about experimental weather modification programmes that were supposed to explore initiatives aimed at countering the effects of global warming, but which could, in fact, negatively impact a crop production or cause other problems.She said that if mitigation efforts continued along those lines, particularly putting chemicals into the atmosphere that could reduce photosynthesis, growing seasons could be altered and pollinators could be affected. Another example was the use of solar panels to create conditions that extended the growth season of some crops. Similarly, she was concerned about persistent jet contrails, which science had shown could expand and spawn man-made �clouds� that trapped heat in the atmosphere. �How do you like your skies, natural or man-made?� she asked.

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