This weekly column is contributed by Te Ipukarea Society. It deals with conservation and environment matters of interest to the Cook Islands.
Funding for both mitigating climate change and adapting to its impacts continues to be an important issue for the Cook Islands at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24), now being held in Katowice, Poland.
The Cook Islands voice is being put forward at the UN Climate Change conference in Katowice, Poland by a strong team of experienced negotiators.
Thousands of small blue jellyfish-like creatures known as “By-the-Wind Sailor” were spotted washed ashore along the beach between the Fishing Club and Club Raro yesterday.
For the past few weeks the Sea Bed Minerals Commission has been conducting public consultations, and some closed workshops, about the Government’s proposal to tender for exploration licences for seabed mining early in 2019.
A visitor who says he overheard two conversations last week between a group of Americans as to how they could best take advantage of seabed mining in the Cook Islands, says he was so disturbed by the conversations, he decided to go public with them.