Climate Change Adaptation Media Training and Launching of Portal

On the 27th of March, 2021 Mr. Paula Ma’u,Chief Executive Officer for MEIDECC officially opened and launched the Department of Climate Change’s portal under the Ministry held at Davina House.

Mr. Ma’u formally welcomed donor partners live streaming from overseas, local partners from Tonga Broadcasting, participants from line ministries, NGOs and Private Sectors who participated to gain knowledge and build their capacity in interacting with the media.

The department’s portal was successfully launched and distributed to all the participants to make sure that they know the first place to look for climate change information. This includes, department’s documents, projects,donors, policies, bills, legislations, plans and all awareness activities that has been completed and currently engaging within the department.

This workshop is aimed to provide an opportunity to refine messages that has been asked to prepare ahead of the workshop. These prepared key messages contain important points about climate change adaptation and Tonga National Action Plan II to put into practice how it is being delivered in an interview setting with journalists.

“Prioritizing ‘resilient development’ as one of the key national objectives for Tonga, the Joint National Action Plan II was created as a necessary document to bind the whole country towards integrating Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management into every level of development planning and in the execution of programs and activities”, Mr. Ma’u mentioned.

The establishment of the JNAP M&E System launched in 2019, a strong foundation was laid for mainstreaming Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, the cooperation between international partners and government line ministries and several NGOs built this foundation. Therefore these stakeholders have stepped up contributing to focal points in Tonga’s network to begin this mainstreaming.

This workshop is funded by the NDC partnership, the NAP Global Network and the International Institute for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Department of Climate Change’s Communication Division.