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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Latest Projects

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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GEF-8 PLastc R.e.s.p.o.n.s.e. Project

The NES is excited to present the Cook Islands national project under the GEFs Circular Solutions to Plastic Pollution integrated program (IP) titled, “Reducing Single-use Plastics on Small Island Economies” or RESPONSE.

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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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It s Time To Make
A Change.

Latest News

First Quarterly workshop by permitting agencies NES, TMO and ICI

The agencies will discuss the governance of permits and what needs to be improved to add value to the end users. Matthew Paetz, a New…

Second cohort of NES staff enrolled in post graduate environment studies

Halatoa Fua, Tekura Moeka’a, Matthew Rima, and Terena Koteka-Wiki, have been accepted to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Sustainability with the University…

Collection for End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) on Rarotonga

As stewards of our environment, we wish to inform the public about our upcoming initiative in April aimed at addressing End of Life Vehicle (ELV)…

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Cook Islands Biodiversity

To monitor and evaluate activities which significantly affect the environment.





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