Our Work

What climate change is in the context of the Cook Islands?

Climate Change poses development challenges that cannot be viewed independently of the Cook Islands’ economic, social, environmental, and cultural progress. To this end, National and local development strategies emphasizes our heritage and resilience as a large ocean state promoting low carbon economic development alongside social and environmental benefits.

The impacts of climate change threaten the Cook Islands natural resource security, sustainability, and accessibility to water, food, energy, land and marine resources, from our biodiversity and ecological systems. The impacts of Climate Change will have social implications on the Pa Enua (Outer Islands) and coastal communities, health, education, welfare, labour, cultural traditions and practices. The impacts affect the wellbeing and the livelihoods of the Cook Islands.

The Cook Islands National Visions:

“To enjoy the highest quality of life consistent with the aspiration of our people, and in harmony with our culture and environment.”