The Kingdom of Tonga is a large tropical archipelago of 169 is- lands spread over 700,000 square kilometres of the western South Pacific Ocean. Tonga lies just west of the International Date Line, directly south of Samoa and north of New Zealand.
Crown Prince plants mangrove in climate change action
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
Norway is an oil rich country, but it also feels the effect of climate change because in the North the ice is melting.
“Because of that melting ice that's part of the reason why the sea level is rising, in addition to the ocean warming, which makes it expand.... So it's connected. What we see in Norway also has an effect here it's a global phenomenon,” he told Matangi Tonga at 'Ahau.
The Crown Prince who is a UNDP ambassador, said it is important for countries to work together in the multi-lateral community through the United Nations and other international cooperation. “And make sure we take care of our oceans and the climate.”
Norway's Minister of International Development Mr Dag-Inge Ulstein, in the official delegation, said that Climate Change and climate issues are “the most urgent issues for our generation”.
“This region is one of the areas in the world that is most affected by the climate change and for this visit we wanted to draw the world's attention to that huge issue, so it's a global issue that needs global solutions.”
He said that in the UN it's not about the size of a country that's important, “it's actually that we work together. . So we have several projects. We have the Green Climate Fund* and we donated $30 million USD a year to Tonga.”
The fund has supported renewal energy and other projects.