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    04-Oct-2017

    Discussions for the Pacific iCLIM Project, which aims to enhance regional capacity in climate change information knowledge management across the Pacific region, are currently underway with a workshop being held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Headquarters in Apia from 6 – 7 April.

    The Project, which commenced in 2014, is run by Griffith University in partnership with SPREP, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

    04-Oct-2017

    6 April, 2017, Nuku'alofa, Tonga - The Whales in a Changing Ocean Conference closed on a high note today with 11 countries signing on to the Pacific Islands Year of the Whale Declaration.

    The declaration calls for strengthened whale conservation across the Pacific region and saw Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu sign on to the declaration, the full text of which as below:

    04-Oct-2017

    The tropical Pacific remains neutral [1] with respect to the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) [2] However, there are signs that El Niño may develop in 2017. The Australian 

    04-Oct-2017

    “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.

    04-Oct-2017

    16 Sune 2016 Ke fakasi’isi’i ‘a e nunu’a kovi ‘o e feliliuaki ‘o e ‘eá ‘oku ngāue atu ai ‘a e polokalama langa fakalakalaka ki hono matu’uaki ‘o e feliuliuaki ‘o e ‘eá  (Climate Resilience Sector Project) ke fakakakato ‘a e ngaahi palani ngāué.

    Fakatatau ki he lau ‘a e Tokoni-Pule ‘o e polokalamá (Deputy Team Leader, PMU) Winston Halapua ‘oku ‘i ai ‘a e konga lalahi ‘e nima ‘a e polōsekí, pea kuo ‘osi kamata atu ‘a e ngaahi ngāue ki aí.

    04-Oct-2017

    Tonga will host for the first time the Pacific’s Third Regional Green Climate Fund Structured Dialogue in Nukuálofa next week from July 18th-21st.

    04-Oct-2017

    The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Structured Dialogue was officially opened today by Deputy Prime Minister Honourable Siaosi Sovaleni at the Faónelua Convention Centre.  In his opening remark Honourable Sovaleni welcomed the GCF Executive Secretary Howard Bamsey, GCF Co-Chair Mr.Ewen McDonald and Board members and expressed his deepest gratitude to the GCF and the Australian Government for partnering with the Tongan Government in co-sponsoringthis Pacific Regional Dialogue here in Tonga.

    04-Oct-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. 

    04-Oct-2017

    21st August 2017 The Government of Tonga will be committing more than US$25 million to the kingdom’s meteorological service to develop resilience to extreme weather events and to strengthen its early warning system.

    Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni announced this during discussions on the outcomes of the Nuku’alofa Ministerial Declaration of 2015 at the Pacific Meteorological Ministers Meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands last Friday.

    04-Oct-2017

    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.