NES expo marks environment week

Tuesday June 05, 2018 Written by Published in Environment
The country’s marine resources will be a topic of discussion at this week’s National Environment Week expo. 18060305 The country’s marine resources will be a topic of discussion at this week’s National Environment Week expo. 18060305

The National Environment Service (NES) and their environment partners are marking this week’s worldwide National Environment Week, which incorporates World Environment Day on June 5 and World Oceans Day on June 8, with an Environment Expo to be held at Maire Nui Park.

 

Running on Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7, from 10am to 2.30pm, the Environment Expo will transform Maire Nui Park into a space for sharing environmental messages.

The theme of the expo is celebrating the Cook Islands’ 25 years under the Convention on Biological Diversity, a multilateral treaty signed by 168 states in 1992 and put into effect from December 29, 1993.

The Cook Islands was one of only three non-UN member states which signed and ratified the treaty. As part of the theme, NES will also be acknowledging a few of the country’s biodiversity success stories from past years, as well as recognising some of our Makona Aorangi from the past and present.

Sponsored by the Ridge to Reef (R2R), Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) projects, the expo will feature presentations from the public sector, private sector and NGOs on issues involving biodiversity conservation, Marae Moana, marine resources, waste, composting, and biodegradable options available on Rarotonga.

Food stalls will be set up and participants will be given the opportunity to play for prizes sponsored by Bluesky, CITC and NES in an environment board game.- Release/SB

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