31st August,2017 Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni officially launched two MACBIO Reports known as the National Marine Ecosystem Service Valuation Report and the Biophysically Special, Unique Marine Areas Report for Tonga, yesterday evening at Davina House, Ma’ufanga.
03rd October, 2017 For an island region that copes each year with the impacts of cyclones, droughts, tidal surges and salt water inundation in food crops, the importance of Pacific resilience for our survival is paramount.
The 2017 Pacific Resilience Week underway in Suva, Fiji from 2 – 6 October, 2017 will help ensure all actions on the ground to protect lives and livelihoods from the negative impacts of climate change and disasters are well coordinated and executed.
Secretary of State
November 3, 2016
On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send my sincerest congratulations to the Kingdom of Tonga on your National Day, November 4th.
29th August, 2017 The Deputy Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni officially opened Tonga’s first Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) Training at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel this morning.
Funded by the United Nations Development Programme and co-hosted by the Ministry of MEIDECC, the four-day training aimed to enhance preparedness and response capacity of the country to future disasters and to ensure that comprehensive assessment of economic loss and social impacts are adequately calculated for better post-disaster recovery actions.
The Department of Climate Change within MEIDECC will hold a National Climate Change Awareness Program from 20th – 22nd September 2017. A National theme was adopted for the program: “CLIMATE CHANGE IS HERE. LET US ACT NOW:”
The three-day programme intends to increase awareness of the general public to climate change and its impacts in Tonga.
Fiji's prime minister has made a renewed call for a more ambitious target for reducing global carbon emissions at the UN General Assembly in New York.
In his address on Thursday Frank Bainimarama urged world leaders to be more ambitious than the two degrees target set in Paris in 2015.
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:
Monday 7th April, 2014
On Thursday 4th of April 2014, His Majesty King Tupou VI launched the Hihifo Water Supply System, a key milestone under the Tonga Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project. This launching event took place in Kolovai, Tongatapu.
20th September, 2017Department of Climate Change starts its awareness program today with tree planting in three schools including Lavengamalie College, Liahona High School and Ocean of Light.
Ms Lu’isa Tu’i’afitu, the Director of Climate Change and Department of Climate Change and staff from Department of Forestry attended this tree planting. Traditional, medicinal, commercial and fruit seedlings were provided to these schools.
This conference is a historical event as it marks a great turning point on the issue of Climate Change regarding the high possibility of marking a new post-Kyoto Global Agreement.