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Environment

Fisheries at launch of handbook

Saturday March 16, 2019

Ministry of Marine Resources secretary Pamela Maru recently launched the Pacific handbook for Gender Equity and Social Inclusion in Coastal and Aquaculture at the 11th Pacific Community (SPC) heads of Fisheries Meeting in Noumea, New Caledonia.

What is a climate project and what does it mean? This is the main challenge for proposal writers – to clearly identify the key factors that make the difference between a successful proposal for Green Climate Funds (GCF) and an ineffective one leading to a lengthy wait.

Rains raise water bacteria levels

Wednesday March 13, 2019

Tests of water quality around Rarotonga showed that there were unsatisfactory levels of faecal content at all stream sites after last month’s heavy rains.

The Seabed Minerals commissioner, Paul Lynch, new director of the National Environment Service, Nga Puna, Crown counsel Alex Herman and chief financial controller for the Cook Islands Investment Corporation Allan Jensen paid a visit to Wellington last month.

What value do we put on Earth?

Saturday March 09, 2019

The Cook Islands has enjoyed, or suffered, depending on how you look at it, massive growth in the past 30 years. Tourism numbers continue to rise, while infrastructure struggles to cope. This article, based on one taken from the resilience.org website, provides some stark warnings about what to expect if growth continues unchecked. It may be useful for Cook Islands decision makers who want to learn about the consequences of our endless search for economic growth and for people looking for ways of doing things differently.

The ocean-beach clean-up day

Saturday March 09, 2019

The Ocean Beach Clean-Up Day at the coastal and sea area around Trader Jacks last Friday afternoon, amassed 280 kilograms of trash.

The Adaptation Fund Cook Islands programme – aimed at strengthening national and local capacity for monitoring and decision making to reduce risks associated with climate change - launched its first outreach in Aitutaki last month.

Great turnout for Muri replanting

Thursday March 07, 2019

Volunteers turned up in force to replant shrubs and trees at Muri Beach alongside Nukupure Park on Monday afternoon until later that evening.

NGO comments on draft bill

Monday March 04, 2019

This week marks the deadline for submitting comments on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019 before it is reviewed and tabled in Parliament.

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