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Te Ipukarea Society Inc

Te Ipukarea Society is a CSO registered in 1996. Ipukarea is literally translated as “our heritage”. We are a proactive organisation formed to help look after our heritage. Our philosophy is that we do not own our land and marine resources but borrow them from our children, and need to return them in good condition. We desire a sustainable, healthy and beautiful environment. We are members of IUCN and Birdlife International. We include well respected scientists and active campaigners for environmental sustainability. TIS is managed by a voluntary committee who are elected by members, as per our constitution, at our Annual General Meeting. Paid staff and volunteers attend to the day-to-day running of TIS. We have no core funding, and rely on projects and membership fees for all income.

Date of Establishment:

12-Jun, 1996

Purpose of Organization:

- To disseminate information and create public awareness amongst members and the community regarding environmental matters.
- To demonstrate sound ideas and practices for the purpose of promoting conservative and sustainable development through carefully selected field projects, drawing on the traditional knowledge and practices where they are considered beneficial.
- To co-operate with organisations within the country and throughout the world to advance the course of conservation and sustainable development.

GEF/SGP involvement:

We have been a member of the GEF SGP Cook Islands Steering committee for many years


Our Technical Director has considerable experience in implementation of GEF projects, in the International Waters sector in particular. Hw worked on the South China Sea Project (reversing environmental degredation in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand (2002-2005). He also worked on the Oceanic Fisheries Project, based at IUCN in Fiji, from 2008 to 2010. He has also previously been accredited for the GEF STAP roster
Countries in which organization is active:
  • Cook Islands

Contact Details
Street Address:
Main Road, Tupapa,
Cook Islands
Telephone No.:
Organization founded:

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • International Waters
  • Multifocal Area: Energy
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
  • Sustainable Development
  • Others
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • National

  • Contact Person
    Mr. Kelvin Passfield Key Contact Person
    Technical Director

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