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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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Posted 3:45 PM by Tevita
BOUGANVILLE – CLIMATE CHANGE REFUGEES:
From : PACNEWS 1: Fri 13 Feb 2009
First 40 families move to main Bougainville Island
13 FEBRUARY 2009 BUKA (Pacnews) --- The first batch of families from the Carterets Island in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville are soon to be moved to the mainland, reports Post Courier.
This is to be a test run. The success of the adaption of these families will pave the way for the moving of the rest of the islanders.
The Bougainville administration says the relocation of the first 40 families on the mainland will be watched closely.
If successfully, the Carterets islanders will have scored a world first.
The will have become the world’s first climate change batch of refugees to be permanently resettled outside their place of origin
The Bougainville administration is so quiet about the relocation plans and no comments could be solicited from officers in the administration.
But Regional MP Fidelis Semoso last week took the administration to task to explain where K2 million (US$741,000) earmarked for the Carterets relocation program had gone to or how it was spent
Mr Semoso said yesterday that he had just purchased K1 million (US$370,000) worth of housing materials, food supplies and clothes for the islanders who are now currently facing a food shortage.
Carterets Islanders have been hard hit by the current high tides which has hit many coastal parts of Papua New Guinea.
Mr Semoso said he had received reports that the islanders were hungry and de needed shelter and clothes.
He visited the Carterets Islands on Monday to see the status of the area and how the people were coping.
He stressed that these people were neglected and advised recently that he had also helped in cash and kind for more than 3000 people of Manouv village, North Bougainville, who were displaced by the recent high tides. Mr Semoso said he would make sure these islanders were accorded the respect and treatment they deserved in their time of need…..PNS (ENDS)
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