12th June 2019 The people of Tonga can learn more about freezing Antarctica and what role it plays in the Climate Change scenario when they visit the ‘Far from Frozen’ exhibition at the King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf terminal in Ma’ufanga here in Tongatapu.
The Minister for MEIDECC, Hon Poasi Tei, said this morning that the exhibition will be a source of learning for students and all members of the public interested to find out more about climate change.
6th June, The Department of Climate Change – Ozone Depleting Substances Division has successfully implemented a two days (5-6/06/19) training on Hydrochlorofluorocarbon Phase Out Management Plan at Fakamelino Hall, Neiafu, Vava’u.
The training was hosted by Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Division of the Climate Change Department and was conducted collaboratively in the company of Tonga Customs, with the aim of promoting Ozone Depletion Awareness and proper inspection protocols of ODS at entry point (border control).
Staff from New Zealand's Otago Museum will travel to Tonga next week to enhance local knowledge on the climate crisis.
The museum's Craig Grant said the Far From Frozen exhibition would be taken to schools with the aim of explaining some of the science behind climate change and its effects in the islands.
Dr Grant said topics covered would include sea-level rise, extreme weather events and the bleaching of coral reefs.
"Getting them to understand things like fossil fuels being burned and the Co2 going into the atmosphere," he said.
A meeting was held on the 31st of May by the Joint National Action Plan (JNAP) Technical team to review the screened community project applications for the Tonga Climate Change Trust Fund. The members present were from the National Emergency Management Office, the Department of Energy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Tonga Water Board and the Ministry of Infrastructure.
21st May, 2019 A one week training on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for participants from government ministries, NGO’s and private sectors is currently underway at Moulton Hall, Nuku’alofa. The training is hosted by the GIZ Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE) Project of the Department of Climate Change (MEIDECC).
02th May 2019 Working with communities is critical to ensure that climate resilience and disaster risk reduction programs we want implemented do work, Tonga’s Manu Manuofetau said at the first Pacific Resilience Meeting here in Suva this afternoon.
While presenting on Tonga’s measures on Nature Based Solutions as Adaptation Strategies for the Pacific Region, Manu stressed the importance of working with all members of the communities in implementing projects.
“If you do not involve the communities there is 80% certainty that it will fail,” Manu said.
royalcentral.co.uk 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