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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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Posted 2:01 PM by Tevita
Ban on mangrove cutting imposed
Thursday, November 13, 2008
From : Fiji Times
A BAN on the cutting of mangrove for commercial purposes has been placed on the delta province.
Rewa Provincial Council vice chairman Pita Tagicakiverata said the province was told by the Department of Fisheries and Forestry about the importance of the mangrove swamps and trees to the food chain and sustenance of marine life.
The province has found out that some people have been cutting the mangroves for commercial use.
"There has been a lot of unnecessary cutting of our mangroves and it is affecting fish and marine life that depend on it for food.
"So we have decided to place a ban on mangrove cutting in all villages in the province until such time the council decides to lift the ban." said Mr Tagicakiverata.
He emphasised that villagers were only allowed to cut mangroves for home use such as firewood and to build a house.
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