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:
7th June, 2017 On Monday, 5 June 2017, the Kingdom of Tonga opens the first official event, on Deep Sea Science for Sustainable Development at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York. This event was in partnership with The Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and IUCN.
The European Union funded GIZ Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (ACSE) Programme in Tonga, through its ‘Coastal Protection Trials project in Western Tongatapu’ wrapped up a week-long outreach to the western district of Tongatapu with the Youth of Haávakatolo last Friday 23rd June, 2017.
14th March 2017 Six homes at Fonoifua Island were severely affected by flash flood due to the heavy rain on March 5.
An Emergency Response Team (ERT) consisted of officers from Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs were sent to Fonoifua with emergency relief items on March 6 after a flash flood was reported.
A quick survey was conducted upon the team’s arrival to ascertain the state of the community as well as conducting a head count which established the following results.
Time held: Wednesday 12th March 2014
Mr. Asipeli Palaki, Chief Executive Officer for Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources launched the Environment and Climate Change Portal on Wednesday 12th of March 2014 at the Moulton Hall Nukualofa.
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.
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 pollution on this planet has never been worse. The impact on our people has never been more deadly. But the time to fix it has never been better.”
– Mr Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment at the opening of the BRS-Triple COP on 24 April, 2017.
14 August, 2017, Honiara, Solomon Islands, PMC-4 – The crucial role of meteorology in supporting development agendas and strengthening community resilience in the region was now being realised compared to when the first Pacific Meteorolgy Council (PMC) met in Marshall Islands in 2011, according to outgoing council chair ‘Ofa Fa’anunu.