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Cook Islands

The National Environment Service (NES) of the Cook Islands is preparing a project funded by the GEF Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF). This will utilize the experiences of the existing Cook Islands Medical Technology (CIMTECH)-Koutu Nui access and benefit sharing agreement to design and implement a national model of access and benefit sharing for the Cook Islands. The CIMTECH-Koutu Nui ABS agreement is featured in the Australian University of New South Wales (UNSW) documentation of Pacific ABS case studies.

In November 2013, the ABS Initiative and UNSW visited the Cook Islands for a series of consultative meetings with government representatives, traditional authorities and private sector representatives with a view to identify capacity development needs and possibilities to support the development of the national regulatory ABS framework.