The Cook Islands recognises the importance of preventing and reducing the effects of hazardous substances in the environment.
Hazardous substances can remain in the environment affecting generations of living things, therefore effort must be directed towards minimising the importation, the use and the need to be using products that are harmful.
At the National Environment Service (NES) there are two projects currently underway concerning hazardous substances.
The Persistant Organic Pollutants Project is a new project that has began in 2010 and the Ozone Depleting Substances Project is an ongoing project aimed at reducing the substances concerned. This project is now under the Advisory and Compliance Division as it is part of enforcement.