Raising awareness on the GCF Tonga Country Programme, as part of the National Climate Change Awareness Week in Vava’u

The Green Climate Fund Tonga Readiness & Preparatory Support Programme (GCF-PRPS) under the Department of Climate Change, MEIDECC conducted a one-day meeting in Vava’u as part of the National Climate Change Awareness Week on the 18th July 2019 at Fakamelino Hall, Neiafu.

Twenty-eight participants attended the meeting from Government Ministries, Private Sectors, Non- Government Organization (NGOs) as well as local district and town officers. The purpose of today’s meeting was to give an introduction to the GCF Tonga Country Programme (endorsed in October 2018), which consolidates national priorities initially drawn from both governments endorsed strategic plans and previous consultations for climate resilience to be developed into proposals for GCF Support.

Mrs. Lucy Fa’anunu, the Officer in Charge for MEIDECC Vava’u, delivered the welcome remarks, welcoming the participants and emphasized the importance of working together to fight the impacts of climate change, as climate change is unavoidable.

GCF-PRPS Officers Ms. Malia ‘Avala and Ms. ‘Elisapeta ‘Akau’ola presented the pipeline projects listed under the Tonga GCF Country Program, which are aligned with visions of the National Climate Change Policy and the Second Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, to achieve a ‘Resilient Tonga by 2035’.

The district officer of Neiafu, Mr. Ula Kaufusi said, “I am glad to attend this meeting because most of the district officers and town officers are newly appointed officers, therefore we can work together to collect our knowledge on the process of how to apply for funding to help our communities with the impacts of climate change”.

Mr. Mafi Penisoni and Ms. Maureen Bolawaqatabu, from the Department of NEMO at Vava’u also presented on the importance of how to prepare for disasters and emphasized that it is the responsibilities of the district officers and town officers to report on the disaster risks within their communities.

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Issued by the Department of Climate Change (MEIDECC)