Forest and Trees

Forests and trees play significant roles in the lives of Pacific Islanders, economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. In many Pacific island countries, especially on the smaller islands and atolls, agroforestry and tree crops provide most of the food, medicines, construction materials, firewood, tools and myriad of other products and services that cannot be replaced with imported substitutions. For the larger countries, forests have contributed significantly into their economic development in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and infrastructure development. Thus, a major challenge for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) is to ensure sustainable management of their scarce and diminishing forest and tree resources, taking into account demands for economic development and the social and environmental needs of their growing populations, LRD-SPC is addressing this under its Forest & Tree programme.

Tree seed technology training conducted in Fiji by CSIRO and SPC
Friday, 13 December 2013 08:57

A one-week training on tree seed technology was recently conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and SPC at the Forestry Training Centre in Colo-i-Suva, Fiji.


A one-week training on tree seed technology was recently conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and SPC at the Forestry Training Centre in Colo-i-Suva, Fiji. Technical staff of the Fiji Forestry Department, one participant from Sud Forest, New Caledonia, and one participant from Future Forest of Fiji Limited attended this training.

 

The training is one of the main activities under the project: Strengthening Capacities in Tree Seed Technologies in Pacific Island Countries, which is a collaborative effort of SPC and CSIRO, with funding from AusAID.

In 2011, at the project inception meeting, six project countries were selected for this training, namely, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji and Samoa. The main objective is to improve capability in the Pacific Island Tree Seed Centre, national tree seed agencies in the Pacific region and also some private firms to address the need to collect and share good quality germplasm of priority tree species.

Mr Paul Macdonell and Ms Bronwyn Clarke of the Australian Tree Seed Centre, CSIRO, were the resource personnel for this training, which focused on all aspects of seed technology such as planning seed collections, provenance/seed source, undertaking seed collection, handling seeds after collection, extracting and cleaning seeds, germination testing, storage of seeds and bio-security aspects of seeds.

Participants also discussed the different ways seed collection is carried out for the same species in different countries.

They were reminded that, for the Pacific Island Tree Seed Centre to successfully facilitate the safe and efficient exchange and utilisation of high quality priority tree species within the region, each country has a role to play in collecting, processing and storing seeds in the same way to ensure that seeds being exchanged are of the highest quality.

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