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This website was developed by the National Environment Service to make available information about Cook Islands environment programmes, services and activities. The Cook Islands National Environment Service is the central government agency charged with protecting, managing and conserving the environment of the Cook Islands, on behalf of and for the benefit of present and future Cook Islanders. We want to ensure that we provide you with the most current information available.
Recent News

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Reports Government Departments, Agencies and the General Public are hereby advised that the Environment Service has received the following application for a Project Permit as required under Section 36 of the Environment Act 2003. Application: 1. Serenity Villas – Foreshore Tourist......

PUBLIC NOTICE The public is hereby advised that the National Environment Service office will be operating this festive season at the following times: Fri 23rd Dec: 8am – 1pm Mon 26th Dec: CLOSED Tues 27th Dec: CLOSED Wed 28th Dec: 9am – 1pm Thurs 29th......

The Cook Islands National Environment Service Ridge-to-Reef Project Coordinator Maria Tuoro has recently returned from Mitiaro where an assessment was carried out on the Mitiaro Fan Palm or Iniao, which is endemic to Mitiaro. Through the assessment, the Iniao is now growing outside of its usual habitat......

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Frequently asked questions

If you are intending on leaving the Cook Islands with local food or animal matter such as shells it is best that you visit the National Environment Service (NES) in Avarua to check whether you need a CITES Permit to ensure your food or souvenirs......