$10 million project aims to reduce single-use plastics in Cook Islands

A project to reduce the number of plastics entering the country, focused on the food and beverage sector, was discussed during a workshop in Rarotonga last week. Like other countries around the world, the Cook Islands

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‘Greenwashing’: Cook Islands Environment group slams ‘mineral harvesting’ in Seabed Mining Act

The introduction of the term ‘mineral harvesting’ in the legislation governing seabed minerals in the Cook Islands is an attempt to ‘greenwash this destructive industry’, says a local environment group.  Te

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Opinion: What can the Pacific learn from the EU Parliament vote against Norway’s decision to advance deep-sea mining

On February the 7th, the European Union (EU) Parliament voted against Norway’s recent decision to advance deep-sea mining in the Arctic by reaffirming its moratorium position and called for the European Commission and

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Cook Islands Parliament makes changes to seabed mining law

The Cook Islands has made amendments to its Seabed Minerals Act this week, including replacing the term “mining” with “minerals harvesting … to reflect the actual activity that takes

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Plastics producers deceived public about recycling, report reveals

Plastic producers have known for more than 30 years that recycling is not an economically or technically feasible plastic waste management solution.  That has not stopped them from promoting it, according to a new

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Fiji Business Briefs: Pine harvesting, Nabouwalu development, Kinetic Growth updates

RBF gives insurers time to implement new standards The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) says licensed insurers will only have to reflect new reporting standards in their prudential reporting from 1 January 2026. This follows

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Oceanic Refractions: A transcendent dive into Pacific realities

Mere Nailatikau and Amer Kanngieser Unveil Immersive Exhibition Blending Art and Environmental Activism In a captivating intersection of art, environmental awareness, and cultural storytelling, Mere Nailatikau and Amer

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Seabed regulations: Public input ends, future updates planned

Cook Islands has concluded public consultation for seabed mineral exploration guidelines, while the Prime Minister emphasises exploration’s potential for future prosperity and responsible resource

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Fiji’s national living treasure: Dr Dick Watling

Dr Dick Watling believes that for conservation programmes to be successful, they must “place resource owners and their needs and aspirations at their centre and train people to implement them.” Dr Watling makes his

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Dr Sivendra Michael is Fiji’s new PS for Environment and Climate Change

Fiji’s Dr Sivendra Michael has become the country’s newly-appointed Permanent Secretary for Environment and Climate Change. Dr Michael has spent the last 10 years working in the climate change adaptation (CCA) and

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Tonga wins 2023 Pacific Invasive Species Battler of the Year Award

National Invasive Species Coordinator of the Tonga Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC), Viliami Hakaumotu has been honoured as the

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Opinion: Regenerate forests and save humanity

“The era of global boiling has arrived,” UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, recently warned. It looks as if the climate change tipping point has been activated and all hands are required on deck to mitigate the

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