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Saving Pacific Coconuts: Darwin Initiative workshop in Samoa Nov 2017

Summary

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

Event

 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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18th COGENT SC meeting and workshop, Fiji

SAVING THE PACIFIC’S COCONUTS

Coconut-producing countries and international organizations meeting in Fiji from 31st October to 4th November 2017 to discuss the future of coconut genetic resources conservation

The Steering Committee of the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT)  met with other international coconut stakeholders at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji from the 31st October to 4th November 2017, to determine how best to sustain the conservation and use of coconut genetic diversity for the Asia-Pacific region and globally. The workshop i) finalised and launched a new Global Strategy for Conservation and Use of Coconut Genetic Resources (the Strategy), particularly exploring how this relates to the Pacific region; ii) discussed measures to assure the technical and organizational underpinning for conservation and use of coconut genetic diversity in the Pacific and globally, and iii) considered how best  to address key biotic (pests and diseases) an threats to coconut diversity in the Pacific, as well as other regions. Achieveing these three objectives over the longer term were encapsulated in 10 steering committee recommendations:

 

  1. Interim coordination of COGENT
  2. New Hosting arrangement for COGENT Secretariat
  3. New COGENT Secretariat and Coordinator recruitment
  4. Global Coconut GR Conservation and Use Strategy Implementation (plus annex 4.1)
  5. Coconut Genebanks Audit
  6. Securing Coconut Genebanks’ land tenure for the long term
  7. Managing Key Biotic stresses threatening coconut
  8. Accessing Coconut Genomics Mapping Populations (in Côte d’Ivoire)
  9. Safe coconut germplasm exchange- via in vitro zygotic embryos
  10. Towards an upgraded Coconut Genetic Resources Database

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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.

The COGENT website is maintained by Bioversity International - Montpellier office.

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