Initial dialogues for a Long-term Low Development Emission Development (LT-LEDS) for Tonga

Under the Paris Agreement that Tonga ratified on the 21st of September 2016, countries are invited to produce a national LT-LEDS as a roadmap for decarbonisation over the long-term, and submit it to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat before 2020.

The Government of Tonga, led by the Department of Climate Change under the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) and a visiting team from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Climate Works Australia (CWA) held initial dialogues this week, with various stakeholders on possible approaches towards the development of a LT-LEDS for the Kingdom of Tonga.

The initial dialogues included briefings and meetings with government stakeholders in the: Energy, Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU), Industrial Processes and Products Use (IPPU) and Waste sectors. These sectors are the main sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout Tonga. A separate meeting was also conducted for representatives from the Non-government Organisations (NGOs), civil society and Private Sectors.

These initial meetings serve as a platform for the: introductions of the LT-LEDS and other countries’ experiences, engagement of stakeholders in discussion of what Tonga’s LT-LEDS should entail and possible approaches for the development of a LT-LEDS for Tonga. The dialogues also included discussion on the Tongan policy contexts, collection of existing data, information and other relevant resources as a basis for the formulation of Tonga’s LT-LEDS.

A LT-LEDS for Tonga can complement the works that the Tongan Government is already conducting towards climate change adaption and mitigation, including the Tonga Climate Change Policy, Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP 2), Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and other sectoral plans and policies.  A LT-LEDS can also provide the framework and pathways for Tonga, to support the Government and other stakeholders in not only reducing the anthropogenic GHG emissions but also to achieve other poverty-reduction, climate resilience building and sustainable development objectives.

The next step for now, includes a stock take of all available data and information, and development of a stakeholder engagement plan with the technical assistance from the GGGI and CWA team. Further discussions and consultations will take place again, in the team’s next visit, possibly in October this year.



Issued by, Department of Climate Change(MEIDECC)