NES near completion with seabed minerals regulations processes

Strengthening internal processes is a key priority for the National Environment Service( NES) as it scales up action in 2023. Internal processes that are clear allows for both a seamless and transparent delivery of service.
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Strengthening internal processes is a key priority for the National Environment Service( NES) as it scales up action in 2023. Internal processes that are clear allows for both a seamless and transparent delivery of service.

Seabed Mineral Activities is an emerging issue in the Cook Islands and relatively new to NES processes. The NES has engaged with Technical Advisors June Cahill and Richard Johnson to develop and assist with the NES’ internal processes in relation to Seabed Mineral Activities.

Senior Environmental Partnerships Coordinator Mura Herman worked with Richard to map out these processes. It required him to assess the draft Environment Regulations and identify each step and corresponding process (i.e. Completeness Form) required. “It is great to see the completed templates and forms. I look forward to seeing it implemented”. 

June and Richard are both based in New Zealand. They collectively have over 30 years of experience in regulatory processes, environmental assessment, managing infrastructure projects and provide advice on matters relating to environment like seabed mineral activities.

The Seabed Minerals Environment Regulations has been sent to the Crown Law office to finalise text, following stakeholder consultation in November 2022. 

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