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Pre-fishing inspections are being conducted on eight Chinese longline fishing vessels by the Ministry of Marine Resources (Tu’anga O Te Pae Moana) in Rarotonga this month.
Liam Kokaua writes of his career with Te Ipukarea Society and how much he has learned while working with the Cook Islands’ environmental champions.
Rarotonga’s emergency management teams have met to build awareness and build their capacity to deal with health disasters on the island.
Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) co-ordinates the Pacific International Waters Ridge to Reef Project (the Project), a relatively small project, that looks at capacity building, public private partnerships and monitoring land-based activities and their effects on the environment.
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) sub-regional co-ordinator for the Asia Pacific Eriko Hibi was in the country last week to discuss further partnership engagements with the Cook Islands.
The Tupapa Maraerenga Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is prepared to manage and coordinate procedures in the event of a disaster, with the opening of its control base last Thursday.
Japanese ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi, accompanied by First Secretary Noriko Tanaka, visited the Ministry of Marine Resources on Wednesday.