Coconut, Sister of mankind: the hunt for lost varieties
A public lecture about coconut palms and their genetic ressources, an ambitious research project for French Polynesia, Samoa and Fiji, and press release linked to these activities

Cocotier, Soeur des hommes: à la recherche des variétés perdues
ne conférence grand public sur le cocotier, un ambitieux projet de recherche en Polynésie Française, à Samoa et au Fidji, et les réactions de la presse à ces initiatives

Friday, October 15, 2010

Mission 2010, Polynésie Française

Here is a paper published by Vincent Johnson in the prestigious yearly journal Geneflow published by Bioversity international.

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At this period, the horned coconut palm of the Tetiaroa Atoll was thougth to be lost. A fem time later, it was re-discovered, see the complete story here.

Mission 2010, Fiji Islands

During our last trip in Polynesia, Two public lectures about coconut palm conservation were conducted in Fiji. The first one was held at the University of South Pacific in Fiji, with about 50 people listening although the heavy rain after Cyclone Tomas.
The second lecture was held at a Regional Workshop held from 15th to 19th March 2010 at Novotel, Nadi. This last meeting was attended by 20 participants from 8 SPC member countries. We also invited stakeholders of the tourism industry to attend our lecture, and we were very happy that they came !
Thanks for coming to Mr. Viilame Ratugolea (Waya Lailai Resort), Mr. Jerry And Alumita Sovatabua (Botaira Beach Resort), and Ms Elenoa Nimacere, Hospitality Manager (South Sea Island). Resort owners were interested to be involved in conservation and ecotourism programs.

Another paper from Emile Adams:

Mission 2010 au Samoa

A paper published on the Internet site of the Secretariat of the South Pacific Commission.

Conservation of traditional coconut varieties
Thursday, 03 June 2010

Another paper published by The Samoa Observer

The biggest coconut
Thursday, 7 april 2010

Mission 2009 en Polynésie Française

Un article paru dans le quotidien la Dépèche de Tahiti
Samedi 14 mars 2010.