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    09-Apr-2019 8th April 2019.

    On Friday, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway began his visit to the Pacific region. His first stop was Tonga where he was warmly welcomed by King Tupou. During the weekend His Royal Highness has highlighted climate change in Tonga.


    Matangi Tonga Online, 8th April 2019

    A group of students from Cornell University, an Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York, were in Nuku’alofa last week to look at the impact of climate change in Tonga as part of their Spring break workshop focusing on the Pacific.

    The university’s Department of City and Regional Planning Professor Gerard Finin, said Tonga has some very low-lying areas and some real climate change challenges.


    Matangi Tonga Online, 6th April 2019.

    “When we cut down a tree it is important to plant a new one,” Crown Prince Haakon of Norway said after planting a mangrove seedling in the swampy coastline of ‘Ahau village in Western Tongatapu today.

    His delegation recognised that the Pacific islands region is one of the areas of the world most affected by climate change.

    “At this site we are looking at some of the effects of the ocean, the rising sea levels of the ocean, and one of the ways of protecting the coastline is regrowing mangroves,” he said


    06th April, 2019 TONGAN In what was history in the making for the people of Western Tongatapu, a joint Royal visit with Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u and His Royal Highness Prince Ata accompanied His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Norway Prince Haakon, to the district to witness the negative impacts of climate change on both the environment and the lives of the vulnerable communities.


    18th January 2019 TONGAN The Climate Resilient Sector Project (CRSP) under the Ministry of MEIDECC is currently hosting a four-day training for local communities, on the Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF) phase 2. The training commenced January 15 at the Climate Change Department’s Conference Room which aims to educate communities on the programme in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change.


    31st October, 2018 In efforts to strengthen the Pacific’s engagement at the upcoming UNFCCC COP24 – the IMPACT Pacific SIDS Climate Change Ministers and Negotiators COP24 Preparatory Meeting and Training with Climate Analytics is underway in Nadi, Fiji from October 31st to 3rd November, 2018.


    19th October,2018 Bilateral meetings held by the Department of Climate Change as follow up with donor partners following the second installment of its annual Nationa19th October,2018l Climate Change Donor Roundtable.

    The Director of the Department of Climate Change, Mrs. Lu’isa Tu’i’afitu – Malolo and senior staff members held several bilateral meetings throughout today discussing topics of interest raised at the open forum of the National Climate Change Donor Roundtable.


    18th October 2018 The Department of Climate Change in cooperation with EU-GIZ ACSE and GCF Readiness Programme called into session its second installment of the National Climate Change Donor Roundtable, discussing Climate Change Initiatives in Tonga and its linkages to national, regional and international policy instruments as well as highlighting the close out of Joint National Action Plan 2010 -2015 (JNAP 1) and ushering in the implementation phase of JNAP 2018-2028 (JNAP 2).  The main objective of the meeting was emphasizing Tonga’s desire to further enhance and forge sustainable


    The Kingdom of Tonga is embarking on the process to deliver ICMSP. Preliminary work has started on preparing a Diagnostic study for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) using GCCA funds (May 2014 ongoing). This is a priority of the JNAP CCA & DRM and has been approved for funding assistance from the EU/SPC GCCA-PSIS Project. In order to extend this to include marine areas (beyond the reef flat into deeper waters), this shall involve the following:

    Comprehensive assessment work of available baseline marine related data to support an integrated planning process:


    Ozone Layer Protection Amendment Bill 2013 passed by the Tonga Legislative Assembly


    Tonga as a party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is working towards phasing out the production of numerous substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion.