Climate Change

Climate change and disasters affect the Cook Islands' economic, social, environmental and cultural progress. In this regard, our national and local development strategies give emphasis to our heritage and resilience as a large ocean state promoting low carbon economic development alongside social and environmental benefits. Our partnerships and means of coordination and communication recognise the capacity of our people and systems, to plan and implement strategies for climate change in the Cook Islands.

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Strengthening the Resilience of our Islands and our Communities to Climate Change (SRIC-CC)


The objective of this five year initiative is to strengthen the ability of all islands and communities in the Pa Enua to manage the anticipated consequences of climate change driven (including extreme events) in a pro-active, integrated and strategy manner. The ability disaster risks will be strengthened. To achieve this objective, the programme will support implantation of the Cook Islands’ new Joint National Action Plan (JNAP) for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).

The Programme, financed by the Adaptation Fund, takes a three-pronged approach, focusing on the implementation of on-the ground adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures at island and community levels, integrated with sustainable island development processes and supported through enhanced national institutional and knowledge management capacities and initiatives. The four components of the Programme are strongly integrated.