Tonga Joint National Action Plan 2 on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management 2018-2028

Tonga Joint National Action Plan 2 on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management 2018-2028

In 2010, Tonga developed its first Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP1). This was a first for the Pacific Islands region. It makes a lot of sense for Tonga to continue an integrated approach to address climate change and natural disasters. Its high exposure to both is reflected in the fact that Tonga is ranked as one of the most at risk countries in the world according to the annual World Risk Report 1 . Additionally as a small Pacific island nation with limited human and financial resources, Tonga needs to be as efficient as possible in the development and implementation of responses.

The first JNAP therefore provided a strong platform, which has proved to be very successful in attracting donor support in the development and implementation of projects aimed at building resilience both in climate change and natural disasters . However, there is room for improvement and still much work to be done.

An important recent development was the revised Tonga Climate Change Policy, which was approved by Cabinet in February 2016. A key requirement in the formulation of this policy was to ensure alignment with the new JNAP2 2 . In essence the JNAP2 adopts the vision of the Policy and it is also aimed at achieving the Mission and Goals of the Tonga Climate Change Policy.

The Vision of the Policy and for JNAP2 is;

A Tonga that is resilient to the impacts of climate change and disaster risks and is able to protect and safeguard of its present and future citizens

The Mission of the policy, and for the JNAP2 is:

To develop a resilient Tonga through an inclusive, participatory approach that is based on good
governance, builds knowledgeable, proactive communities and supports a strong, sustainable development pathway.

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