15th December 2017 **Tonga is highly dependent on intermittent rainwater harvesting and thinning groundwater levels for potable water, and such rainfall patterns and thin groundwater lens is further exacerbated with the onset of climate change through prolonged drought periods and rising sea-level. It is a real threat to our water security, Tonga’s Head of Delegation told the Asia Pacific Water Summit. **
Tonga Meteorological Service staff gather with key national ocean and maritime stakeholders this week for a workshop on ocean forecasting for improved safety and resilience.
With support from the Australian Government and the Pacific Community (SPC), Tonga Met Service will host the National Oceans and Tides Workshop from 13-17 November, with the aim to strengthen understanding and application of ocean data for improved preparedness and planning.
10 November 2017, UNFCCC COP23, Bonn, Germany – Reducing the risks from climate change and disasters would be futile if it does not reduce the risks to those who are most disproportionately impacted.
“Climate change and disasters threaten core human rights and prioritizing those most impacted by disasters and climate change must be the priority of all decision makers,” said the Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation for the Fijian Government.
2nd November, 2017 Weather Forecasting Staff of the National Weather Forecasting Office are receiving much needed high resolution modeling from the Indonesian Meteorological Service (BMKG). At a one day training session held at the Tanoa Dateline Hotel the Director of the Tonga Meteorological Service, Mr. ‘Ofa Fa’anunu gave a short brief of the assistance.
30th October 2017: The Cabinet has endorsed that the NEMO under MEIDECC to conduct the first national tsunami evacuation drill on November 3, 2017. The drill aligns with the World Tsunami Awareness Day normally commemorates every 5th of November every year. This year’s world tsunami awareness day theme is ‘safely to safety’.