Marine Park campaign begins

Tuesday May 13, 2014 Written by Published in Environment
Officials are aiming to show widespread support of the Marae Moana Marine Park this week, with an information campaign. 14051302 Officials are aiming to show widespread support of the Marae Moana Marine Park this week, with an information campaign. 14051302

The Cook Islands Marine Park Steering Committee has kicked off its campaign this week to promote the Marae Moana Marine Park.

Marine Park Project Manager, Jacqui Evans says the campaign will demonstrate the widespread support for Marae Moana discovered during consultations in the pa enua and on Rarotonga.

“The video campaign will show the support expressed by all political parties, traditional leaders, youth and community leaders,” says Evans.

Evans says much work has been completed towards having Marae Moana legally designated.

“We’ve consulted in 34 villages and done 212 questionnaire surveys with the help of support groups such as the Aitutaki Conservation Trust,” she says.

“All communities consulted would like to see Marae Moana legally designated and have encouraged us to see this vision through to fruition,” says Evans.

Evans says Marae Moana is not just about conservation.

“We don’t want to prevent opportunities for the country to use its marine resources but we want to see our ecosystems being sustained because they provide so much for us in terms of food, shelter, recreation, medicine, income through tourism and basic ecosystem services such as water treatment and coastal protection,” says Evans.

Evans says for this reason and based on the feedback of communities, Marae Moana will be zoned.

“There will be some zonation which must be determined through discussion amongst key stakeholders including government agencies, traditional leaders, NGO’s and industry associations,” says Evans. 

The campaign will begin with the airing of video advertisements to be shown on television and Poly screens situated around the island.

There will also be an official launching of the Marae Moana website with details to be announced at a later time. – Release

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