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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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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.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Posted 4:32 PM by Tevita
24 new species found in PNG highlands
From : PACNEWS
24 OCTOBER 2007 ALOTAU (Pacnews) – The discovery of 24 new species of plants and frogs in the highlands of Papua New Guinea has forced scientists to call for the protection of the biodiversity of the remote Kaijende Highlands.
Of the 24 species – 16 are new plant and the rest were new types of frogs. They were discovered by a group of scientists from Conservation International in 2005.
“A management plan needs to be developed to reduce threats posed by climate change, increasing fire frequency and hunting, said Conservation International.
The findings were revealed in a report tabled at the 8th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, underway in the small town of Alotau in PNG’s Milne Bay Province.
In 2005, an expedition consisting of scientists and representatives from PNG’s department of environment went to the highlands to assess conservation needs when they stumbled onto these new species.
“The vast near uninhabited Kaijende highlands boasts some of PNG’s most pristine and scenic habitat, but little is known about it despite mining in the area, said Dr Steve Richards of the South Australian Museum, who led the expedition.
“Our findings will be used in future conservation activities in the area.”
In total, the group documented 643 species, including the new plants and frog species.
“One of the frogs probably represents a new genus,” a statement from Conservation International said.
Also, a spectacular bird of paradise known as the Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, which has the longest tail feathers in relation to body size of any bird, was found to be in abundance than other areas of PNG.
Conservation International is working with local authorities and communities to have the region formally declared as a protected area….PNS (ENDS)
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