Today on Vuna Wharf in the Tongan capital of Nukuʻalofa, the Honourable Prime Minister of Tonga Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva officially commissioned a new Pacific Sea Level and Geodetic Monitoring station, which will provide high quality sea level, climate, and positioning information to support better coastal planning and preparedness.
Delegates from the Pacific region came together today to officially launch the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) – a series of projects to strengthen Pacific Island countries’ resilience to natural disasters and climate change.
The project was launched as part of a three-day workshop where participants from Pacific Island governments, regional bodies and project staff will receive training to support the implementation of the programme, which will include initiatives and activities related to early warning tools, risk reduction investments and financial planning for disasters.
Nuku’alofa, TONGA – A four-day workshop to develop a National Extension Strategy for Tonga concluded on 6 November, 2015.
The workshop was facilitated by the European Union (EU) supported Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP), which is implemented by the Land Resources Division of the Pacific Community (SPC).
As part of the National Broadcasters Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan project, the Tonga Broadcast Commission (TBC) was able to complete their Climate and Disaster Resilience plan in August.
The National Broadcasters Climate and Disaster Resilience Plan project is supported by the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) which is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Australia.
Tonga and Papua New Guinea have signed a key international treaty that promotes sustainable global food security.
The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is vital in ensuring continued availability of plant genetic resources that countries rely on to feed their people, allowing future generations to access the genetic diversity that is essential for food and agriculture.
‘I keep telling my husband we need to hire a security guard,’ jokes Mele Finau as she nods in the direction of her vegetable garden. Sure enough two of her six children have abandoned their mother’s side and have turned their attention to the latest addition to their growing crop - a bunch of green tomatoes.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held in the community of Talafo’ou in eastern Tongatapu on 15 August to celebrate the beginning of a project that will contribute to protecting vulnerable coastal communities (Talafo’ou, Manuka, Makaunga, Kolonga, Navutoka and Nukuleka) from the impacts of climate change, especially sea-level rise. Interventions in these coastal communities have been prioritised under Tonga’s Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, 2010–2015.
The European Union (EU) is channeling 50,000 Tongan Pa’anga to the Government of Tonga. This is to contribute to the relief efforts in the parts of the country devastated by Cyclone Ian.
The Ha'apai Islands in Tonga are among the most severely hit, with housing, infrastructure and crops suffering serious damage.
Programme highlights how sovereign disaster risk transfer can close the financial gap to help communities bounce back.
On 11 January, the category 5 Cyclone Ian swept across the island of Tonga killing one person, displacing thousands and causing tremendous devastation to crops and infrastructure.
Climate-resilient crops established by Tonga’s Ministry of Agriculture were recently shipped to islands in Ha’apai affected by tropical Cyclone Ian in January this year.
Sione Foliaki, Deputy Director and Head of Agricultural Research and Information Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, said, ‘This is the worst cyclone ever to hit Tonga. All the crops are destroyed so food crops are needed most now by the people of Ha'apai.’
12 March 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji – A rapid post-disaster assessment recently conducted by specialists from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will help Tongan emergency managers better understand the impacts of Cyclone Ian and prepare for future storms.
In early January, Cyclone Ian devastated parts of Tonga, particularly in the Ha’apai island group. The category-five storm killed one person, injured 14 others, displaced more than 4,000 people, and destroyed food crops and infrastructure.
Thursday 19 September 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji
This Sunday, 22 September at 18.30pm, Fiji TV's 'Close Up' will screen 'Lifuka Island - The Coastline of a Future Pacific', a documentary that explores this small community's struggle to adapt to a rapidly changing coastline. Lifuka's story also provides important lessons for all small, vulnerable coastal communities throughout the Pacific region that are concerned about the impacts of sea level rise.
Tonga will begin trialling coastal protection methods to arrest beach erosion and buy more time for communities living near the coast to adapt to climate change. The project in eastern Tongatapu, the main island of Tonga, will focus on six low-lying communities identified as vulnerable to the progressive effects of coastal erosion and sea level rise. The mixed ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ coastal engineering techniques and the results of the project will be used to inform the preparation of a wider coastal management plan for Tongatapu.