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, April 07, 2008
Posted 4:08 PM by Tevita
Private sector urged to play greater conservation role
From : ABC
The Victorian Government wants the private sector to play a more active role in protecting Victoria's environment.
It is one of the suggestions in the Land and Biodiversity Green Paper that was released by the Government yesterday
Public submissions about the document will be taken until the middle of the year and the white paper, or final draft, will be released early next year.
The Department of Sustainability and Environment's deputy secretary, Kevin Love, says many farmers are setting a good example by making improvements on their properties that revitalise the land and water catchments.
"There's great opportunities for other parts of the private sector, particularly companies that want to get involved in corporate social responsibility, super funds that may want to take a long-term view around sustainability, companies that want to off set their activities somewhere else by investing in improved natural resource management in Victoria," he said.
An alliance of eight environment and conservation groups says land clearing, weeds, feral animals and climate change are causing substantial problems for threatened plants and animals.
The spokeswoman for the Victoria Naturally Alliance, Carrie Deutsch, says land-holders who are protecting native vegetation deserve more support from the Government.
"It's clear that communities across regional Victoria are working incredibly hard to help save threatened species and it's a huge job and they need help," she said.
"So the Victorian Government has to show leadership and they have to come up with the funding and resources necessary to ensure our wildlife is here for future generations
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