08th November, 2018 The Tonga National Council of Churches (TNCC) handed over the Tonga Community Disaster Risk Management Project (TCDRM) to the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) under the Ministry of MEIDECC at the Dr Moulton’s Hall this afternoon.
The community based project was funded by the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) for the past five years aiming to reduce the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities.
08th November 2018 The Cabinet has endorsed the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) under the Ministry of MEIDECC to conduct a national tsunami drill as part of the commemoration of the World Tsunami Day which is marked every year on November 5. The exercise is set for tomorrow November 9, 2018.
According to NEMO the drill preparations are currently underway and an alert warning issued by the Tonga Meteorological Service for a 9.0 Richter scale earthquake will be broadcasted on both AM and FM radio stations live tomorrow at 12:30pm.
The tropical cyclone (TC) activity expected in the 2018/19 Tropical Cyclone Season to affect Tonga is likely to be average to above average. This means that there is a 75% chance of at least 2 cyclones to occur during the cyclone season. And although historical records indicate there could be a low chance of severe tropical cyclones occurring this season, citizens are advised to expect the likelihood of at least 1 severe cyclone occurring due to climate variability brought about by global warning.
18th October 2018 The Department of Climate Change in cooperation with EU-GIZ ACSE and GCF Readiness Programme called into session its second installment of the National Climate Change Donor Roundtable, discussing Climate Change Initiatives in Tonga and its linkages to national, regional and international policy instruments as well as highlighting the close out of Joint National Action Plan 2010 -2015 (JNAP 1) and ushering in the implementation phase of JNAP 2018-2028 (JNAP 2).
A new tide gauge worth AUD $600,000 was officially commissioned yesterday at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel, the Prime Minister of Tonga Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva.
The new station at Vuna Wharf was built to withstand cyclone conditions and can last up to 20 years or longer with good maintenance. The equipement expected to record tides, weather and land movement.
11th October 2018 The Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) under the Department of Climate Change (MEIDECC) and Women’s Affairs Division of MIA are jointly hosting a one-day workshop for strengthening community resilience to climate and disaster risk reduction (DRR) through women’s community governance structures, at Tungi Colonade Conference Room.
In the opening remarks CEO for MEIDECC Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u stated that our island nation is under threat and the most vulnerable and first responders are women.]
26th September, 2018 An Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Country Preparedness Workshop commenced today at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel aimed in providing an opportunity for key country health and emergency services’ leaders to engage collectively and further strengthen the national capacity to respond to disaster emergencies and outbreaks including events that require the international emergencies teams.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the World Health Organization are conducting the three-days’ workshop.
21st September 2018 A one-day workshop on TC Gita Emergency Preparedness and Response after Action Review was opened this morning at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel seeking to capture stakeholders’ perspectives on Disaster Risk Management arrangements regarding preparedness, warning, response and early recovery efforts from the cyclone.
The training is facilitated by the UNDP and organized by MEIDECC’s National Emergency Management Office.
A Deliberate Planning Conference on Disaster Planning and Preparedness was opened by the CEO for MEIDECC Mr. Paula Ma’u this morning at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel. The four-day conference is jointly hosted by the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), His Majesty’s Armed Forces (HMAF) and the Nevada National Guard.
12th September, 2018 The Government of Japan and the Government Primary School of Hofoa celebrated the completion of their new classroom building, funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects, GGP on Friday 7 September, 2018.
Nauru, 04 September 2018- The European Union (EU) has today endorsed the mobilization of EUR 2 million (TOPS 5.3 million) to the Kingdom of Tonga to support recovery efforts following the significant damage caused by tropical cyclone Gita in February of this year.
22nd August, 2018 The Grant Contract formalizing the Government of Japan’s assistance to three new Grassroots Human Security Projects were signed between H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Tonga, and respective recipients on Tuesday, 21 August 2018.
Today, Tonga launches its revised Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Also referred to as ‘JNAP2’, the plan plays a central role in guiding the government’s continuous efforts to build resilience to climate change and minimize disaster risks.
16th August, 2018 A seven-day exercise aimed to support and strengthen Tonga’s emergency response capacity was opened this morning by the Minister for MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.
Dubbed as Exercise Longreach the drill includes a two-day workshop, a table-top exercise at the National Emergency Management Office operation’s room and His Majesty’s Armed Forces headquarters.
10th August,2018 **The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika and the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr. Wang Baodong signed a handover certificate of 110 waters tanks worth over $100,000 US (800, 000 RMB), yesterday afternoon at St. George Building.**
The donation is part of the cyclone recovery package from the Dongguan Municipal Government, Guangdong Province China assistance to Tonga in the wake of TC Gita.
01st August, 2018 The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Ma’u signed twelve (12) contracts last Friday 27th July, 2018 with suppliers and communities to mark the beginning of another implementation stage of the Climate Change Trust Funds (CCTF) program.
The agreements with the suppliers include four contracts with the Pacific Timber & Hardware Tonga (PTH), two contracts with Jones Industries Ltd.
The contracts are to supply building materials only, and the communities will supply in-kind and labourers to complete the work.
24th July 2018 The Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) Evacuation Road in ‘Eua will be completed in three months.
National Road Engineer from the CRSP PIU Mr. Nikolasi Palu, who is currently in ‘Eua supervising the work said the work is a one year contract.
“This work was supposed to be completed in July 21st but due to damages caused by Cyclone Gita and the recent heavy rain we’ve asked for another three months to complete the work and also construction of a drainage system.”