The four-day workshop aimed to educate participants on the importance of working together and how they could help curb environmental issues.
National Environmental Services (NES) director Joseph Brider said the programme was a fully collaborative exercise that combined community mapping with open discussions on land use and land use planning scenarios.
“It is a combination of geographic accuracy with local, individual spatial knowledge and mind-maps of our districts and familiar settings,” he said.
The workshop would also be a good opportunity for participants to interact and learn more about historical sites, Brider said.
“Everyone will have knowledge to share and map, places where important past events occurred, of boundaries, of key areas and times for certain activities and these can be discussed and learned by all participants including students.
“The success of this exercise relies on all participants playing their part, elders sharing traditional and historic knowledge, fishermen sharing where good fishing places are or where the fish spawn or gardeners sharing where plantations are or the location of important plants and trees.”
Mii Matamaki of NES said the workshop would also feature Cook Islands planning projects, including the Integrated Island Biodiversity project.
“One key object of this exercise is to plan for protection and restoration of key natural features and to plan possible climatic changes and other issues that are important to the community.” The workshop will end on Thursday.