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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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Posted 10:03 PM by Tevita
FAO Highlights Indigenous Peoples’ Role in Climate Change Adaptation
From : Climate-L.Org
8 August 2008: On the eve of the International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, which is celebrated on 9 August, Regina Laub, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focal point for Indigenous Peoples, noted that climate change and limited land rights increasingly threaten indigenous peoples’ livelihoods.
“Many live in vulnerable environments and are among the first to identify and suffer the effects of climate change. Indigenous peoples can play a critical role in adapting to these impacts, as they hold unique knowledge and skills, and their territories contain approximately 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity,” she said. Recognizing the importance of land rights for indigenous peoples’ livelihoods, FAO has developed activities aimed to improve their tenure security in sub-Saharan Africa and has documented good practices in sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific. [FAO press release, 8 August 2008]
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