Integrated Water Resource Management project

The Integrated Water Resources and Wastewater Management Project (IWRM) is a joint initiative between the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and the Cook Islands Government to improve lagoon water quality in Rarotonga and Aitutaki.

The programme has been running since 2009 and aims to build an integrated approach to managing the freshwater and lagoon system on Rarotonga.

To achieve this, the project consists of three components or sub-objectives which include:

  1. Technical assessment of water quality and quantity information measures
  2. Knowledge dissemination to promote community knowledge and understanding
  3. Institutional strengthening and human resource capability development measures

Under IWRM a number of activities have been completed to achieve these goals including expanded and upgraded monitoring of the lagoon and groundwater, GIS mapping of pollution sources, the creation and reinstatement of boreholes for groundwater testing, and a national water policy has been drafted and endorsed by cabinet.  This is downloadable to the right of this page.