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Education, Information and Awareness

“I muatangana ra kua anga iora te Atua I te rangi te enua e tona ra au ki katoa. Akara iora aia, kua manea te reira, anga iora aia I te tangata ei tiaki I teia ao.

No reira ko te kino e te meitaki I teia tuatau na tatou na te tangata I akatupu, e na tatou rai e akameitaki Kia angaanga kapiti tatou ma te arataki anga a te Atua.”

 

 

The objectives of the Tuanga Tumarama(Education, Information and Awareness Unit)  is to promote and enhanceCOMMUNITY PARTICIPATION to take ownership of actions to help protect our Islands Biodiversity; to have a community that is PROUD of their natural surroundings and its interlinkages with our traditional custom.The Tuanga Tumarama is greatful for the support from the Cook Islands Integrated Islands Biodiversity Project(IIB ) and the Invasive Alien Species Project (IAS) for their support towards our education and awareness programs throughout the 2014 year.

The challenge of environmental education in the Cook Islands is instilling in today’s generation the necessary RESPECT for the environment  and the readiness to protect its natural biodiversity, in order to hand down to future generations the resources necessary to respond to their needs.

In order to meet the challenge, the National Environment Service has taken an active part in the development of environmental communications including community projects and special events targeted at all segments of the community, from the young children at school to the traditional and political leaders of this nation.


WE DON’T DO IT ALONE! The National Environment Service works in partnership with other government departments, environmental NGOs, civil society organizations and the private sector to meet this challenge.

Elizabeth Munro, Louisa Karika (IFD Manager), Michelle Finn & Rimmel Poila
during the ‘rangaranga (weaving) seminar’ at Environment Week 2014
Rutaki School children during the school’s tree-planting program. Environment Officer, Rouru Toki at one of two booths at Lagoon Day at the Punanga Nui Market. National Environment Service held 2 booths, 1 focusing on native species, the other on invasive species.

The National Environment Service (NES) is an agency of the Crown as defined by the Environment Act 2003.  The Government is committed to improving the Service’s environmental management strategies, which provides a framework for sustainable development in the Cook Islands.  The Environment Act 2003 will guide these strategies and ensure that regional and international obligations are met.

The national goal of the Service is geared towards building a more sustainable future in our environment. Depletion of our environment and natural resources provides a very bleak future for our children. Therefore, increasing environmental concerns (global warming and sea level rise, erosion and sand mining, biodiversity and habitat loss, coral bleaching and coral death, pollution, waste management and recycling) require urgent responses from government and the community for sustainable development as an overall national goal to be realised.

The NES works with the Aronga Mana (traditional tribal councils), the Island Councils, Non-governmental organisations, Women, Youth and the children of the Cook Islands to ensure an outstanding legacy for the future.

Events and projects

Special events and projects play an important part in educational efforts directed at the general public. They help acquaint Cook Islanders with local environmental issues as well as global environmental issues.

Such events are accompanied by school competitions, rallies, photography and art contests, cultural competitions, cleanup campaigns, workshops and environmental exhibitions. In addition, internet sites have been set up both by the National Environment Service and non-governmental organizations to acquaint the public with environmental issues.

Yearly Environmental Themes

2008 – Year of the Reef
2009 – Year of Climate Change
2010 – Year of Biodiversity
2011 – Year of Wetlands
2012 – Year of Waste
2013 – Year of Waste
2014 – Year of Island Biodiversity

Media

The National Environment Service produces television programmes and advertisements, radio programmes and adverts, and contributes to newspaper, newsletters and other written publications both locally and regionally.  Such media items can be viewed by clicking on the highlighted text above.  Also, attached at the bottom of the page is the ‘Green Guide for Government Departments’ that you can download or alternatively the right hand side menu ‘What You Can Do’ is a version of the guide recreated for the general public.

Library and Databases

The National Environment Service has a mini public library which houses hard-copy publications, reports, newsletters, and magazines and also a database which links regionally so that you can research publications in the Pacific region.  Click here to link to this SPREP database.

The Cook Islands Virtual Environent Library houses reports and information related to the Cook Islands and Multi-lateral Environment Agreements and other environment projects in the region.  This virtual library is accessible to anyone and provides effective information for those seeking more knowledge and also for those needing information for environment related research.

Publications

The National Environment Service publishes and contributes towards both general and subject-specific information booklets, reports and books and also reports to national and international organizations on different aspects of the environment, and more.  Some of these publications can be viewed by clicking on the highlighted text in the calendar and the yearly environmental themes above.

For further information contact:
Matthew Rima
Senior Education Officer
Island Futures Division
resources@environment.org.ck