This brief outlines the status of solid waste management in the Cook Islands and recommends key points for action to address challenges facing the country related to solid waste management.
This Pacific Country/Territory Profile in the solid waste and recycling sector was published in 2018 as part of a compendium of fifteen individual country profiles that seek to identify and quantify the opportunity to improve the resource recovery of fifteen common commodities1 present in the solid waste stream.
The Government of the Cook Islands are committed to supplying reliable potable water to all properties connected to the water network by 2015 / 2016. The reliable supply of potable water affords an important opportunity to provide for population and economic growth and the continuing health of local communities.
The Cook Islands comprises 15 islands of which 12 are inhabited. The total land area is 240 square kilometers dispersed over an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 1.8 million square kilometers in the Southern Pacific Ocean.
The Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning (MOIP) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management (MFEM) are jointly developing a partnership for the water sector in the Cook Islands.
As formally announced by the Minister of Finance, the Honourable Mark Brown to development partners, the purpose of the Water Partnership will be to bring together technical and financial expertise from the government and our partners, to set out a holistic and efficient way forward for water supply in the Cook Islands.
This brochure provides a brief summary of the Cook Islands National Infrastructure Investment Plan (CI NIIP), published in 2015 by the Government of the Cook Islands with the technical assistance of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF). The report, endorsed and adopted by the Cook Islands Cabinet on 14 April 2015, outlines the priorities and plans for major infrastructure in the Cook Islands over the next ten years and focuses on strategic investments important to the Cook Islands’ future.
The Cook Islands National Infrastructure Investment Plan (CI NIIP) outlines the Cook Islands’ priorities and plans for major infrastructure over the next 10 years. The plan focuses on strategic investments important to Cook Islands’ future. CI NIIP was assembled through a consultative process involving a wide range of stakeholders, including government, international agencies, civil society and the private sector.
In 2013 PRIF released a research report called “Infrastructure Maintenance in the Pacific: Challenging the Build-Neglect-Rebuild Paradigm” – this highlighted the lack of planning for maintenance and backlog of work in many countries. A key issue in good maintenance is the appropriate allocation and execution of budgets.
Public awareness of the need to improve national water services is demonstrated by the consistent high priority given to water in the Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Plan. By building on past efforts, it is expected that relevant national water policies and significant water service improvements can be achieved.