Environment

BirdLife International is a global partnership of conservation organisations (NGOs) that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, while working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. They are the largest and most influential bird conservation organisation in the world.

Local business owner Brad Fraser is calling for the government and other business owners of Rarotonga to stand up and take responsibility for the island’s waste management.

It is estimated that one million plastic bottles are purchased around the world every minute. Less than half will ever make it to a recycling centre – and those that do can only be recycled once, as compared to glass which can be recycled over and over again.

Koutu Nui proposes ban on plastic bags

Thursday February 22, 2018

Koutu Nui, the group comprising traditional leaders of the Cook Islands, is working on a submission to ban the importation of plastic bags into the country.

Maritime Zones Act passed

Wednesday February 21, 2018

The Maritime Zones Act 2018 was passed by Parliament on Monday consolidating the legal boundaries of the Cook Islands’ almost two million square kilometres of ocean space into one Act.

Seaweed investigations continue

Monday February 19, 2018

The Ministry of Marine Resources’ science team has been conducting field work this month as part of the Mei Te Vai Ki Te Vai project investigating the prolific seaweed growth in Muri Lagoon.

Drones monitor lagoon seaweed

Wednesday February 14, 2018

The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) has begun using drone technology to monitor seaweed in Rarotonga’s Muri lagoon.

Nikao beach gets rubbished yet again

Tuesday February 13, 2018

It only took a few days for Nikao beach to once again become littered with rubbish after a concerted cleanup effort by Air New Zealand staff and their families and friends last weekend.

Seabed minerals company to visit

Monday February 12, 2018

Representatives from United States-based company Ocean Minerals LLC (OML), which has an option on exploring the possibility of seabed mining in Cook Islands waters, are to visit Rarotonga next month.

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