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The Country Programme presents Tonga’s priorities drawn from government sector’s and public consultations and from the review of approved national policies and strategic framework such as the Tonga National Strategic Development Framework (2015-2025), the National Climate Change Policy (2016), the Second Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP 2), (2018 – 2028), the Tonga Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the Energy Road Map.
In 2010, Tonga developed its first Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP1). This was a first for the Pacific Islands region. It makes a lot of sense for Tonga to continue an integrated approach to address climate change and natural disasters. Its high exposure to both is reflected in the fact that Tonga is ranked as one of the most at risk countries in the world according to the annual World Risk Report 1 .
The no objection procedure (NObP) is a Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Government of Tonga
process that is carried out by the National Designated Authority (NDA) on all projects and
programmes intending to apply for funding from the GCF.
The purpose of this climate change policy is to provide a clear vision, goal, and objectives to direct Tonga’s responses to the effects of climate change and to guide disaster risk reduction over the next five years. The policy – and the associated Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP) 2010 – is not intended to replace or duplicate sector-specific policies and plans. Rather, it is intended to provide an overarching context and guiding framework, with policy objectives that, for the most part, will require multi-sector coordination.
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a desk reference to be used by the staff of the Ministry of Finance and National Planning (MoFNP) and the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) during a period of disaster response. The guidelines are designed to provide a simple action-checklist to assist in ensuring that funds for disaster relief and recovery from the various financing instruments and sources available are accessed and disbursed as quickly and effectively as possible.
This Act 6 of 2015 amends certain provisions in the substantial Act.
Climate Change continues to pose irreversible threat to the people of Tonga, its society, livelihoods, and its national environment. The interference to the climate system from human-caused climate change is already affecting Tonga’s development, livelihood of its people and future. The World Risk Report has ranked Tonga as one of the world most at-risk country for natural hazards, and sea level rising.
This recovery plan covers one of the most threatened species within the Megapode family – the Polynesian Megapode (Tongan Scrubfowl)1 Megapodius pritchardii (Gray 1864). The species is considered to be globally threatened and as Endangered (BirdLife International 2014) due to its confinement to two small islands and apparently declining population size.
The National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan (NISSAP) addresses much of the issue towards invasive species in Tonga. The NISSAP was aligned with the Guidelines for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific. It identifies the key strategy and action that need to be undertaken and effectively managed in order to reduce the impacts of invasive species in Tonga. The Strategy and Action have been prioritized, with timeframes and identification of the lead agency/group and relevant partners that will be involved in implementation.
This Act 2 of 2014 amends certain provisions specified in the Act itself of the substantial Act
This substantial Act establishes the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to ensure the Protection and Proper Management of the Environment and the Promotion of Sustainable development.
This Act serves as the regulations of the substantial Act, the Environmental Impact Assessment Act 2010.
The preparation of this Joint National Action Plan (JNAP) on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (CCA & DRM) was funded by the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Development Programme, ACP-EU Natural Disaster Facility through the Paciﬁc Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) and the Secretariat of the Paciﬁc Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
This substantial Act regulates the use of Ozone Depleting substances and to implement the provisions of the Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (Vienna Convention 1985) and the Protocol on the Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol 1987) and for related purposes.
The adverse effects of climate change, climate variability and sea level rise identified in the Kingdom of Tonga’s First National Communication present significant risks to sustainable development in Tonga. From the information gathered it is evident that Tonga will be among the first to suffer from these effects due to its physiographic, ecological and socioeconomic characteristics.
This substantial act provides for the application of Environmental Impact Assessment to the planning and development projects within the Kingdom of Tonga and matters related thereto.