Environment

The harvest strategy approach to tuna fisheries management was the focus of a two-day workshop hosted by the Ministry of Marine Resources, Tu’anga o te Pae Moana last week.

E-waste collections are not done annually and the general public is urged to take their final e-waste materials to the Cook Islands General Transport (CIGT) in the next two weeks.

Te Ipukarea Society will be holding their Annual General Meeting this coming Thursday,  May 23, at the University of the South Pacific at 5pm.

Conservation conflicts are increasing across the globe and can result in negative impacts on biodiversity, human livelihoods and human well-being. Although such conflicts can positively influence change, they are more often destructive, costly and can not only threaten effective conservation but also prevent economic development, social equality and resource sustainability.

Community members of Nukupure Park are not responding to an assessment report that was released last month.

The Nukupure Park coastline is at risk of increased erosion. This was revealed in the April 2019 assessment report of the Nukupure Park foreshore projects of beach nourishment, dune planting and toa prepared by Andy Kirkwood and Justine Flanagan for Ngati Teaia; landowners of the area.

It was a privilege for Te Ipukarea Society staff and executive committee members to spend a few hours last Friday afternoon, chatting with Helen Clark about the big environmental issues facing the Cook Islands.

The inaugural meeting of the Cook Islands turtle society, Te Ara O Te Onu, was held on Wednesday to discuss the protection and conservation of turtles and elect its executive.

Local environmental non-government organisations Te Ipukarea Society and Kōrero O Te ‘Ōrau recently paid for an independent legal opinion on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019, which is currently being circulated for public comment. This is the third in a series of articles highlighting points raised in the 51-page opinion.

Page 4 of 113