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12 Oct 2017 description

A financing agreement to support the Cook Islands' sanitation sector has been signed by prime minister, Henry Puna, and the European commissioner for international co-operation and development, Neven Mimica.

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07 Oct 2017 description

Rarotonga is now on Level 3 Water Warning for drought and all residents are requested to cooperate with the Drought Management Plan actions in order to conserve the available water supply. Level 1 is normal and Level 5 is a severe emergency.

13 Jan 2017 description

In Mangaia, the second largest of the Cook Islands, five young leaders are being trained in organic farming practices so that they can supply their local markets, as well as export their crops to the capital island of Rarotonga, alleviating the country’s heavy reliance on foreign imports. Three of the five participants are women, who were not traditionally farmers on Mangaia.

FARMING REVOLUTION

15 Dec 2016 description

Cook Islanders are being warned by the national met service to listen for weather warnings as the region moves deeper into the cyclone season.

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18 Aug 2016 description

Tautu village in Aitutaki, Cook Islands now has completed a disaster and climate resilience pilot project. It was developed with support from the Finland-Pacific (FINPAC) Project which aims to reduce the vulnerability of the livelihoods of Pacific islanders to the impacts of climate change through strengthening the Meteorological Services.

20 Jan 2016 description

Palmerston Island in the Cook Islands has escaped Tropical Cyclone Victor without significant damage.

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18 Jan 2016 description

Cyclone Victor is still causing gale-force winds on Palmerston in the Cook Islands but remains a category three cyclone.

There's an active convergence zone slowly moving around the Cook Islands, with Palmerston to continue to experience winds up to 100 kilometres per hour.

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08 Dec 2015 description

Executive Summary

Earlier this year, the Cook Islands along with many countries in the world, endorsed the Sendai Framework of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Under this global framework there is a call to “strengthen disaster risk governance to manage risks” as the framework’s fourth priority area.
This study analyses the laws that govern and manage disaster risks in the Cook Islands using the Checklist on Law and Disaster Risk Reduction (the checklist) which was developed jointly by IFRC and UNDP through a global consultation process.

01 Dec 2015 description

The Cook Islands Meteorological service says tropical cyclone Tuni has been downgraded to a tropical depression.

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03 Nov 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

SUVA, 3 November 2015 – The 15,000 people of the Cook Islands, who inhabit 15 islands spread across an area of Pacific Ocean the size of Saudi Arabia, know from experience that a stronger and coordinated approach to disaster risk governance reduces distance and builds resilience.

21 Jul 2015 description

By Makereta Komai in Nuku'alofa

Cook Islands Meteorological Service, operating under the Ministry of Transport is striving to provide robust and sustainable weather information services to the people of Cook Islands.

And, the head of the Met Service, Arona Ngari shared with his colleagues from around the Pacific region that despite the fact that Cook Islands has been free of cyclone since 2010, his office needs to strengthen and improve its communications and early warning system.

“We need a good and robust early warning system in place,” said Ngari.

29 Jun 2015 description

The Cook Islands Finance Minister says because of climate change, key infrastructure needs to be built with the expectation it will be hit more often and more severely by natural disasters.

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22 May 2015 description

The director of Community Health in the Cook Islands, Neti Herman, says they are finally gaining ground in efforts to contain the spread of chikungunya.

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01 May 2015 description

The Cook Islands ministry of health says the Chikungunya outbreak is on the rise and is likely to have not reached its peak yet.

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16 Mar 2015 description

15 March 2015, Rarotonga, Cook Islands - The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) was in the Cook Islands this month helping local broadcasters to understand how they can promote and shape resilient development through their daily reporting and to also keep safe and stay 'on air' during times of disasters.

06 Mar 2015 description

Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 4 March, 2015 - The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is in the Cook Islands this week helping local broadcasters to keep safe and stay 'on air' during times of disasters.

The Cook Islands is one of eight countries that are the focus of a project funded by the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS). It is coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

05 Mar 2015 description

18 cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease have been confirmed in the Cook Islands.

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19 Feb 2015 description

Outbreak description:

• Dengue-like illness recognized in October 2014. Five cases reported, and 3 tested positive for DENV 1 (2) and DENV 3 (1) by ILM, Tahiti. All three positive cases had travel histories to Tahiti and Samoa. No further transmissions of DENV.

• Since November 2014 a total of 16 specimens were sent to ILM Tahiti. Seven (7) came back positive for Chikungunya and the rest negative for either Zika or Dengue. Four of these cases had travel history to Tahiti and Samoa. Three were autochthonous.

17 Feb 2015 description

The issue highlights Shell cleaning in Manihiki, GIZ – SRIC CC Partnership - The project aims to repair community water tanks to harvest and store rainwater which will provide additional water capacity on each of these islands, 50 days for 50 years cycle/walk initiative - This will encourage our people to adopt a healthy lifestyle, lose weight and save on petrol money whilst at the same time reducing our greenhouse gas emission into the atmosphere to which Cook Islands is the highest emitter in the Pacific per capita, Way to Paris - The upcoming meeting in Paris at the end of this year is …