Marae Moana (Cook Islands Marine Park)
Status of initiative: Completed
Description/achievement of initiative

To establish a marine park that will provide a framework to promote sustainable development by balancing economic growth interests such as tourism, fishing and deep-sea mining, with conserving core biodiversity and natural assets, in the ocean, reefs and islands

Implementation methodologies

1. Relevantly mandated non-government stakeholders (traditional leaders and environmental NGO) are being resourced to work in partnership with leading government agencies.2. Key stakeholders and communities are being consulted for input into the development of the overall legislative framework3. International environment organisations provide technical input and expertise

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

1. Non-government stakeholders are being resourced and will gain experience in project management and implementation2. A technical advisory group is putting together the policy for circulation amongst stakeholders.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The partnership is coordinated from the Office of the Prime Minister


Office of the Prime MInister, National Environment Service, Marae Moana Establishment Trust, Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, Ministry of Marine Resources, Seabed Minerals Authority, Infrastructure Cook Islands, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management, House of Ariki and Koutu Nui (traditional leaders), Te Ipukarea Society (Cook Islands Environmental NGO), Oceans 5, Conservation International, IUCN
Cost Benefit Analysis
Marae Moana Policy Document
Sustainable Funding Mechansim Legislation
Marae Moana Legislation
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
Environment NGO volunteers, traditional leader volunteers
Financing (in USD)
Staff / Technical expertise
Government staff in several government agencies
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: July 31, 2016
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Jacqueline Evans, TepaeruEvans@gmail.com

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