9 Apr 2019 - For centuries Cook Islanders have used traditional knowledge to read their environment and provide food for their families. And nature has provided.
But they have witnessed changes over the past decades. Fish spawning seasons have shifted and rainfall, wave, and wind patterns are less predictable. The islanders are seeing coral bleaching and some native fish and shellfish are disappearing. Crops are increasingly affected by storm surges.
While these trends are being observed first-hand, scientific data is key to fully understanding the changes and ensuring that Cook Islanders are better prepared.
The government of the Cook Islands is focused on filling the gaps and now, with the automatic weather stations and a new online app, the Cook Islands Meteorological Service is modernizing the capture, analysis, and distribution of climate information which is key to building a more climate-smart future.
Thanks to the collaboration of Met Service; the telecommunication’s company Cook Islands Bluesky; New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA); Fiji’s Meteorological Service; and the Pa Enua (outer island) governments, with the support of the UNDP and the Adaptation Fund, what was once a manual process is now a seamless, automatic one.
CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://medium.com/@UNDP/the-cook-islands-prepares-for-climate-change-a7eeb947fd7