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, July 14, 2008
Posted 3:06 PM by Tevita
Northern Lau biodiversity survey results 2007 released
From : USP
Around 30 Turaga-ni-koro (village spokesperson) from the Lau Province attended a seminar organized by the Institute of Applied Science, to listen to results of biodiversity surveys and community engagement efforts that was undertaken in Northern Lau, in September 2007.
The Turaga-ni-koros who are currently in Suva for the Lau Provincial Council meeting attended the seminar that was held at the Marine studies lecture theatre recently.
The Northern Lau survey in September 2007 had a holistic approach to addressing biodiversity related issues, by looking at three key components; terrestrial biodiversity, marine biodiversity and socio-economic aspects of marine resource use by local communities in the area. To fully achieve this mammoth task over a three week period required team effort by researchers from the Institute of Applied Science, Department of Fisheries, Department of Forestry and Nature Fiji (Mareqeti Viti), totaling ten Fiji researchers, and two from Georgia Tech university, who were undertaking research on algae.
Surveys looked into the following areas:
1) Terrestrial biodiversity surveys
a. Mammals & herpetofauna
b. Vegetation & flora
c. Avifauna & invertebrates
2) Marine biodiversity surveys (corals, fish & invertebrates)
a. Rapid assessment in 14 fishing grounds by IAS
b. Rapid assessment by Fisheries Department around Vanua balavu
3) Marine sponge and alga research
The outcomes of the terrestrial and marine surveys highlights the biodiversity and endemism of the northern Lau group as well as the threats faced by the region from invasive species, detrimental anthropogenic activities including agriculture and cattle grazing, overfishing, and the use of inappropriate marine harvesting techniques.
Four islands or island groups in the Northern Lau group are currently preliminarily listed as Sites of National Significance: Wailagilala, Kibobo Islets, Sovu Islets and Nukucikobia. Based on the results of this survey, an additional five islands or island groups are to be added to this list: Tuvuca (based on plants and vegetation, marine invertebrates), Namalala (plants, vegetation and aesthetic value), Susui (plants, vegetation and turtles), Qilaqila Bay of Islands (plants, vegetation and aesthetic value), and Nukutolu Islets (birds, marine invertebrates).
The Institute of Applied Sciences thanked organizations for providing the personnel for various trips and assisting with the preliminary assessment of data collected:
Organisations involved includes The South Pacific Regional Herbarium, NatureFiji-Mareqeti Viti, Fiji Department of Forestry, Fiji Department of Fisheries, the Environment Unit and the Natural Products Unit of the Institute of Applied Sciences, and the National Trust of Fiji.
The core funding for the survey was provided by the Institute of Applied Sciences through their Natural Products Research Program. Additional funds were provided by a generous donation from Conservation International (Fiji Program). TOTAL (Fiji) limited supplied all fuels and lubricants required for the trip at a special concession price and the Department of Fisheries provided at no cost the use of their research vessel the “Tuiniwasabula” and its crew.
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