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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:

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)
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 AgreementsCook Islands StatusConvention Date SignedConvention Date Ratified EnforcedCook Is Date SignedCook Is Date Ratified Enforced
1. UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)Ratified5/6/199229/12/199312/6/199220/4/1993
2. Biosafety ProtocolSigned29/1/200011/9/200321/5/2001not
3. Climate Change (UNFCCC)Ratified9/5/199221/3/199412/6/199220/4/1993
4. Kyoto ProtocolRatified11/12/199716/2/200516/9/199827/8/2001
5. Montreal ProtocolRatified16/9/198722/12/200321/3/2004
6. Ozone Layer Convention (Vienna)Ratified22/3/198522/9/198822/12/200321/3/2004
7. Basel ConventionRatified22/3/19895/5/199229/6/200427/9/2004
8. Waigani ConventionRatified16/9/199517/9/199530/10/2000
9. POPs Convention (Stockholm)Ratified22/5/200117/5/200429/6/200427/9/2004
10. Desertification (UNCCD)Ratified17/6/199426/12/199821/8/199819/11/1998
11. Rotterdam ConventionRatified10/9/199824/2/200429/6/200427/9/2004
12. SPREP ConventionRatified24/11/198622/8/199025/11/19869/9/1987
13. Apia ConventionRatified12/6/197626/6/199027/3/198726/6/1987
14. UNCLOS (Law of the Sea)Ratified10/12/198216/11/199410/12/198215/2/1995
15. South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty (Rarotonga)Ratified6/8/198511/12/19866/8/198528/10/1985
16. International Plant Protection ConventionRatified1951195217/11/200417/11/2004
17. International Treaty on Plant Genetic ResourcesRatified
18. MARPOL 73/78 ConventionUnder consideration19721992notNot
19. Intervention Convention 1969Under consideration1969notNot
20. World Heritage ConventionUnder consideration23/11/197217/11/1975notNot
21. Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES)Under consideration3/3/19731/7/1975notNot
22. RAMSAR ConventionUnder consideration2/2/197121/12/1975notNot



For further information contact:
Island Futures Division
[email protected]