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This weekly column is provided by Te Ipukarea Society. It deals with environment and conservation matters of interest to the Cook Islands. This article is based on a longer article by Patricia Zurita, chief executive of BirdLife.
At the UN General Assembly meeting recently the United Kingdom’s government challenged the world to protect 30 per cent of all oceans before 2030.
Litter and waste is getting worse in many public areas of Rarotonga with more than 1000 kilograms of rubbish being collected up in a recent two-day clean-up.
The Eat Less Plastic (ELP) team, who were recently in the Cook Islands, have continued their mission from Rarotonga to Beveridge Reef, Niue and Tonga.
The Court of Appeal has upheld the claim by the Aronga Mana of Te Au O Tonga and Te Ipukarea Society against the government regarding the European Union agreement for purse seine fishing in Cook Islands waters.
Rules and regulations around tourism operators are coming, says director of Destination Development Cook Islands Tourism Metua Vaiimene, “and we must get ready as a community and as operators for this by adopting a culture of compliance now”.