The project will enable the Cook Islands to prepare its Third National Communication to the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC. The activities within the Third National Communication are a continuation and update of the work done by Cook Islands to prepare the Second National Communication carried out by the National Environment Services (NES) 2011.

Main components are; 1) National Circumstances, 2) Inventory of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, 3) Programmes containing measures to facilitate adequate adaptation to, and mitigation of climate change, 4) Programmes and national action plans that are considered relevant for the achievement of the objectives of UNFCCC.

Furthermore to enhance national capacities and raise general knowledge and awareness on climate change and its many effects, therefore, contributing to putting climate change issues higher on the national agenda through strengthened cooperation and increased involvement of all relevant stakeholders particularly the private sector. In addition, it will also strengthen and build national capacities for participation in different mechanisms related to GHG mitigation and to fulfilling other commitments under the UNFCCC.