If you’ve ever wanted to take your photo or video in one of the world’s hottest beaches, you can now do so without even leaving the mainland.
Cook Islands announced on Tuesday that it will allow visitors to take their photos or videos on an uninhabited island off the coast of California, known as Cook Islands.
Cook Islands was established by the United Kingdom to protect the island’s pristine beaches from pollution, pollution-related illnesses and pollution-caused erosion.
But after years of underfunding, the island has been left in an increasingly precarious position.
The island has received more than $1 billion in cleanup and clean-up funds from the United States and other countries, but many people have not been able to afford the pricey permits required for commercial use.
“We have to figure out how we are going to make it financially viable to support our islanders in their daily activities and to provide them with a place where they can go and do it safely,” Cook Islands National Park Director Dave Mancuso said.
“That’s a challenging task.”
The Cook Islands is the second island in the Caribbean to be created under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which lays out regulations for the protection of ocean resources.
The Cook Islands Declaration on the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), approved in July 2018, has been largely ignored by the international community.
The declaration only covers three islands, and the Cook Islands says they will not be included in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) list of “threatened species” under the Convention’s Convention on Conservation.
The Cook Island Declaration on Conservation (CIC) recognizes that there is no such thing as a “unique and pristine” marine environment and says that the Cook islands are a natural part of the ocean.
However, its supporters have been slow to accept the recognition, arguing that the declaration does not recognize the Cook Island Islands’ pristine nature.
“The declaration is about recognition and not the creation of a unique, pristine marine environment,” said CIC President and CEO Scott Sutter.
“Our definition of the term ‘unique and beautiful’ is not about one particular species or region of the oceans, but the entire world’s oceans.”
Sutter says the Cook Islanders have been able, however, to make significant strides in the area of conservation, with more than 100 new marine protected areas established under the CIC.
The conservation of the Cooks has been one of many initiatives the U.S. has undertaken in recent years, including efforts to protect coral reefs and the world famous Blue Lagoon.
The United States has also invested millions of dollars to protect marine protected zones in other parts of the Caribbean.
Cooks is the first Caribbean island to receive an official declaration from the U,S.
government, which is one of only a few countries in the world that have signed on to the declaration.
But the declaration will not necessarily provide immediate benefits for the Cook Isles, which has seen a rise in human-causing pollution and erosion.
Cooks’ population of about 3,000 people is expected to drop as the population continues to decline, according to the Cookis Island Environmental Protection Authority.
However there is hope that the environmental protections are beginning to pay off.
“It’s an incredibly beautiful island and it’s a beautiful place to live,” said Nicole Haggard, the chief executive of the United Association of Cook Islands Residents, an organization that has worked to protect Cook Islands from pollution and other impacts.
“But there’s so much that needs to happen to ensure that we can continue to have a sustainable economy and continue to be able to support the islanders.”
For more information about the Cook Islets declaration, visit CookIslands.org or contact the CookIsles National Park through its Facebook page.