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Saving Pacific Coconuts: Darwin Initiative workshop in Samoa Nov 2017

Saving Pacific Coconuts: Darwin Initiative workshop in Samoa Nov 2017

Government representatives from Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa met at the Millennium Hotel in Apia, Samoa 6-10 Nov 2017 with other Asia-Pacific and international stakeholders to discuss progress within a mission to help protect Asia-Pacific coconut diversity and associated livelihoods from climate change and other threats.The meeting was inaugurated by His Excellency, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, the Prime Minister of Samoa

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 Bioversity International held the mid-term project workshop between 6 and 10 November, at the Millennium Hotel I Apia, Samoa, in conjunction with the Samoan Government.  Along with main project partners and other stakeholders (see below) the workshop discussed progress within the Bioversity project Upgrading and broadening the new South-Pacific International Coconut Genebank that began on 1st June 2016.  The workshop also trained particpants in skills needed to identify, map, collect and conserve the threatened coconut diversity. These genetic resources urgently need conserving for current and future wellbeing.

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July 2014: 17th Steering Committee Meeting of the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT), Colombo, Sri Lanka

The 16th Steering Committee Meeting of the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) was held from 8th to 10th July 2012, in Kochi, Kerala, India. The next venue will be held in Sri Lanka in July 2014. The SC meeting is organized every two years, just before or after the COCOTECH meeting of APCC (Asian and Pacific Coconut Community). Piggy-backing the two meetings in the same location has many advantages:

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The Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT) aims to promote national, regional and global collaboration among coconut-producing countries and
partner institutions in the conservation and use of coconut genetic resources for enhanced livelihoods.

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