To Protect, Conserve and Manage

From climate change to biodiversity conservation, environment affairs is a matter concerning everyone, everyday.


To monitor and evaluate activities which significantly affect the environment.


Manage projects relating to biodiversity, conservation, Pa Enua (Outer Islands), research and data collection.


The National Environment Service applies stewardship to the planning and management of the environment and natural resources in the Cook Islands.


Environment Act 2003 and associated regulations are in place to manage environmental matters in the Cook Islands

The National Environment Service is established to protect, conserve and ensure the Cook Islands environment is managed sustainably.

Our cultural identify is deeply rooted in our environment and it is part of our heritage and legacy that must be passed on to future generations of Cook Islanders. 

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Clean Up the 
Cook Islands 
Registrations open

Registrations is now open for this year’s Clean Up the Cook Islands. 

The National Environment Service is calling on volunteers around the country to be part of a global event. 

The Cook Islands event is part of a global World Clean-up Day comprising 191 countries, 60 million volunteers and 303,000 kg of waste collected previously.

Latest Projects

Tita’ ki te Tita’kore

The National Environment Service (NES) has partnered with Cook Islands General Transport (CIGT) to launch the “Tita’ ki te Tita’ kore Project.” This initiative is aimed at tackling the environmental and health risks posed by the improper disposal of whiteware, electronic waste (E-Waste) and end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) on Rarotonga. This forward-looking initiative reflects the Cook Islands Government’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable waste management practices.

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Cook Islands GEF7 Project

Welcome to the latest update on the Global Environment Facility (GEF) 7 project in the Cook Islands!
This exciting project is working towards enhancing biodiversity considerations and effective protected area management to safeguard the Cook Islands integrated ecosystems and species. It involves many key partners and stakeholders working together towards this common goal.

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Montreal Protocol
(MP) Project

The MP Project aims to phase out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) & phase down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are man-made chemicals harmful to the our environment and health.

UNEP support the Cook Islands compliance with the control measures, implementing activities and other obligations under the Montreal Protocol.

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It s Time To Make
A Change.

Latest News

Ridding Palmerston Island of rats

The work is aimed to carry out full eradication and to ensure there are no reintroduction of rats. 

Oire Nikao leads the ‘Titā ki te titā kore’ waste project

We urge the public to make the most of this opportunity to ensure the responsible disposal of legacy waste - e-waste, whiteware and end of…

Registrations is now open for this year’s Clean Up the Cook Islands

The theme for this year is ‘Let’s do it world’ which is purely about cleaning up our oceans and for a cleaner and healthier waste…

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Cook Islands Biodiversity

To monitor and evaluate activities which significantly affect the environment.





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