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Island Futures Division

The Island Futures Divison (IFD) formerly the Environment International Division (EID), was established in July 2004 with the intent to strengthen the National Environment Services capability to meet the Cook Islands commitments to international Multi-lateral Environment Agreements (MEAs). The Division comprises of one manager (fully funded by Government) and five project staff (funded under the projects).

The IFD major functions include, but are not limited to, providing advice on MEAs to Government, NGO’s, private sector and the general public as well as meeting obligations to MEAs, negotiate, coordinate and manage all projects relevant to MEAs and participate in negotiation meetings at regional and international level on behalf of the Cook Islands.

The IFD contributes to the overall outputs of the National Environment Service through Education and Awareness programmes and assistance to the Advisory and Compliance Division.

The division handles issues under the following headings:

Biodiversity
Climate Change
• Education
Hazardous Substances
• Land Degradation

Some of the International and Regional Organisations we work with:

South Secretariat of the Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNDP – GEF
Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Pacific
South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)

Multilateral Environment Agreements Applicable to the Cook Islands

Multilateral Environment Agreements Cook Islands Status Convention Date Signed Convention Date Ratified Enforced Cook Is Date Signed Cook Is Date Ratified Enforced
1. UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Ratified 5/6/1992 29/12/1993 12/6/1992 20/4/1993
2. Biosafety Protocol Signed 29/1/2000 11/9/2003 21/5/2001 not
3. Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ratified 9/5/1992 21/3/1994 12/6/1992 20/4/1993
4. Kyoto Protocol Ratified 11/12/1997 16/2/2005 16/9/1998 27/8/2001
5. Montreal Protocol Ratified 16/9/1987 22/12/2003 21/3/2004
6. Ozone Layer Convention (Vienna) Ratified 22/3/1985 22/9/1988 22/12/2003 21/3/2004
7. Basel Convention Ratified 22/3/1989 5/5/1992 29/6/2004 27/9/2004
8. Waigani Convention Ratified 16/9/1995 17/9/1995 30/10/2000
9. POPs Convention (Stockholm) Ratified 22/5/2001 17/5/2004 29/6/2004 27/9/2004
10. Desertification (UNCCD) Ratified 17/6/1994 26/12/1998 21/8/1998 19/11/1998
11. Rotterdam Convention Ratified 10/9/1998 24/2/2004 29/6/2004 27/9/2004
12. SPREP Convention Ratified 24/11/1986 22/8/1990 25/11/1986 9/9/1987
13. Apia Convention Ratified 12/6/1976 26/6/1990 27/3/1987 26/6/1987
14. UNCLOS (Law of the Sea) Ratified 10/12/1982 16/11/1994 10/12/1982 15/2/1995
15. South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty (Rarotonga) Ratified 6/8/1985 11/12/1986 6/8/1985 28/10/1985
16. International Plant Protection Convention Ratified 1951 1952 17/11/2004 17/11/2004
17. International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources Ratified
18. MARPOL 73/78 Convention Under consideration 1972 1992 not Not
19. Intervention Convention 1969 Under consideration 1969 not Not
20. World Heritage Convention Under consideration 23/11/1972 17/11/1975 not Not
21. Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) Under consideration 3/3/1973 1/7/1975 not Not
22. RAMSAR Convention Under consideration 2/2/1971 21/12/1975 not Not

 


 

For further information contact:
Island Futures Division
resources@environment.org.ck