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Environment

OPINION: This week keen young leaders attended a Te Ipukarea Society camp to learn about careers in science and conservation. Environmental award-winning Marae Moana director Jacqui Evans spoke to them.

Swimming with whales for the first time was spiritual and emotional for Charlotte Piho – and especially photographing a mother and her calf.

Cook Islander Teina Mackenzie has called for Pacific Island Leaders to support a 10-year moratorium on seabed mining and is asking them to prioritize the health of Pacific communities and recognise values beyond economic gain.

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga praised ‘seasoned guru’ Henry Puna in yesterday’s Small Island Developing States meeting.

Plastic Free July is approaching, and with the Cook Islands cabinet recently banning many single-use plastics, we deal this week with a recent initiative to reduce plastic use in our close neighbour, Samoa.

Local non-government organisations Te Ipukarea Society and Kōrero O Te ‘Ōrau recently sourced funding for an independent legal opinion on the draft Seabed Minerals Bill 2019. This is the fourth in a series of articles outlining key points raised in the 51-page opinion.

The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) hosted a two day consultation on the draft Cook Islands Aquaculture Development Plan 2019-2023 this week.

The question of whether treated wastewater should be dispersed of on land or into the ocean was the focus of a public meeting in Muri last week.

A study is underway in Rarotonga to develop options to manage flooding impacts in the Muri catchment area and sediment runoff into the lagoon.

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