His Majesty King Tupou VI launched the Hihifo Water Supply System a milestone under the Tonga Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project

Monday 7th April, 2014


On Thursday 4th of April 2014, His Majesty King Tupou VI launched the Hihifo Water Supply System, a key milestone under the Tonga Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project. This launching event took place in Kolovai, Tongatapu.

Attended at the launching was the Prime Minister of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano, Speaker of Parliament Lord Fakafanua, Ministers of the Realm and Peoples Representatives, His Excellency Mr. Kazuchika Hamuro Ambassador of Japan to Tonga, , His Excellency Mr. Brett Aldam Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, , His Excellency Mr. Mark Talbot, New Zealand High, Commissioner to Tonga, His Excellency Huang Huaguang, Ambassador of the People Republic of China to Tonga, Dr. David Sheppard, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Ms. Milika Tuita, Representative of the UNDP Office, Ms. Ilisapeci Masivesi Regional AusAid Programme Manager in Suva, Heads of Government Ministries, government officials and the people of the six pilot communities.

The PACC Project is a regional project encompassing 14 countries in the Pacific Island Region including Tonga. It is funded by the Global Environment Facility through UNDP. It is regionally executed by the Secretariat of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). In Tonga it is implemented by the Ministry of Lands, Environment, and Climate Change & Natural Resources. This project entails before three thematic areas;

water resource management,
coastal management and infrastructure
food production and food security.
Adaption to water resources and coastal sectors has been selected as areas of focus for PACC Tonga.

Tonga's PACC project focused on enhancing, and where necessary, developing water infrastructure for six communities in the Western Site (Hihifo) which includes Fo'ui, Haavakatolo, Kolovai, 'Ahau, Kanokupolu and Haatafu . These villages are the pilot communities for this project. The second part of this project is looking at coastal adaptation measures necessary for building resilience in these six communities to sea level rise, inundations, and other adverse impacts of climate change in the coastal sector.

The launching was followed by a Royal Luncheon at the Fatufatu Fala I Falelalava Hall provided by the people of the Hihifo District.

For more information please contact Mr. Paula Taufa via email to taufapaula@gmail.com or telephone (676) 25-050