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.
1. The Due Diligence / Social Compliance Report (DDR) is for the proposed candidate subproject of the Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) - Upgrading the evacuation and post disaster access road for Popua in Tongatapu; upgrading additional Government Primary Schools (GPS) in Tongatapu, which are the GPS Ngele’ia and the GPS Hala-‘o-Vave; and relocating of Lifuka, Ha’apai hospital from vulnerable area to higher ground. ADB has classified the proposed subproject as Category C for Involuntary Resettlement – meaning, “Additional candidate sector …
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its 74th session in Bangkok on 14 May 2018, with a strong call for strengthening multilateralism and regional integration to tackle rising inequalities in the region.
ESCAP is taking steps to advance more balanced, equitable growth in Asia and the Pacific by advocating for the strengthening of social protection systems, enhancing financial inclusion, raising education spending, reducing vulnerability to environmental hazards, and closing the ICT digital divide.
Tonga benefits from Climate and Ocean Support Program in the Pacific Nuku’alofa, Tonga- The Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) officially opened its eleventh steering committee meeting and final planning meeting for phase 1 this morning. The week-long meeting will include consultation on the work plan for COSPPac Phase 2, the planned four-year continuation of Australian assistance to Pacific Island Countries.
The Pacific is a region that is highly vulnerable to natural disasters. The recent devastation of Tropical Cyclone Gita and Tropical Cyclone Keni in the Kingdom of Tonga and in on Fiji re -emphasizes the vulnerability of the Pacific’s to this natural hazard.
26th March, 2018 The Project Management Unit of the Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Program conducted its first training in Nuku’alofa , Tonga on Thursday, 22nd March, 2018
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. **
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.
LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP IN TONGA
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has a long standing partnership with Caritas Tonga, we have been working together on livelihood programmes since 2007. Other projects include supporting a Climate Change Officer, and Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives. They are co-researchers in our State of the Envrionment in Oceania report which will be released on St Francis’ Day, October 4.
15th August, 2017 Directors of national meteorological services and officials from the Pacific have convened in Honiara this week to attend the Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting (PMC) under the theme ‘Sustainable Weather, Ocean and Water Services for a Resilient Pacific’.
The meeting was officially opened by Solomon Islands Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon. Samuel Manetoali yesterday morning at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency conference room.
13 April 2017, Tonga - The government of Tonga, with support from the United Nations Development Programme-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) is making progress toward finalizing its second Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP 2).
The implementation of eco-system based reduction and adaptation approaches that includes biodiversity should help Pacific countries reduce the increasing incidence and severity of disasters that is leaving more people vulnerable each year in the region.
That was something participants at the “Ecosystem Services for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction – a ‘win-win’ situation” workshop in Nadi, Fiji learned last week.
27th February 2017 - On Friday 24 February, the Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of MEIDECC officially launched the Tonga Climate Change Trust Fund at a ceremony held at Dr. Moultons Hall. The Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni remarked on the challenges climate change places on local communities, and that the operationalization of the Tonga Climate Change Trust Fund is designed specifically for assisting local communities in alleviating the effects of climate change.
In late January, a joint SPREP and United Nations Development Programme mission spent a week in Tonga assisting the Government with the development of a draft proposal for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The project will encompass adaptation options for Vava’u, Ha’apai and Tongatapu, focusing on coastal resilience options. The project is based on evidence of vulnerabilities and climate change impacts and considers an integrated approach to reduce and manage the impacts of climate change, the needs of the communities, and ecosystems functions and services.
16 November 2016, UNFCCC COP22, Marrakech, Morocco - The Government of Tonga's approach in combining climate change and disaster risk considerations into overall development planning is a proactive step in not only accessing financial mechanisms with the overall aim of building the resilience of communities.
24th August 2016 The Chief Executive Officer of Climate Change under the Ministry of MEIDECC Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u officially opened a one day Tonga National Green Climate Fund Workshop at Tungi Colonade, Nuku’alofa yesterday morning.
The workshop aimed to discuss with key Government Departments, Development Partners, GCF Accredited Entities, private sectors and civil society the mechanics of the GCF and Tonga’s ambitions to access and utilization of GCF resources.
A report on Climate Financing and Risk Governance Assessment (CFRGA) for Tonga, was launched by Tatafu Moeaki, the CEO for Tonga’s Ministry of Finance and National Planning on Monday.
The 152 pages report outlines government’s plan to improve its disaster risk management activities so that it could respond effectively to climate change impacts.
It offers a comprehensive picture of how much climate change financial support Tonga needs, and it is anticipated that it should also put Tonga in a strong position to access Climate Change Funding.
02nd March - Ms. Coral Pasisi, Green Climate Fund Advisor for the Pacific, in a consultation in Nukualofa, briefed Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for MEIDECC last Friday, on how Tonga can access funding from the GCF through submission of a Readiness concept note and proposal to the GCF Secretariat.
Administered by SPREP, the Regional Technical Support Mechanism (RTSM) is a registered network of experts in climate change who can provide coordinated and timely technical advice on appropriate resource opportunities, strategic approaches and technical assistance on climate change, as linked to food security and infrastructure, to Pacific island countries on a needs basis.
This network also provides, where necessary, support in developing project proposals, preparing reporting requirements and implementing, and monitoring projects.
22nd February 2016 A Partnership Pilot Project is being implemented on the remote Ha'apai Island of Mounga'one by the Government of Tonga, through its Meteorology and Emergency Managements Departments, the Tonga Red Cross, the Secretariat of the Pacific Environmental Program (SPREP), the Government of Finland (through the FINPAC Project) and UNESCO.
The initiative is aimed at reducing the vulnerability of the Mounga'one Community livelihoods to Climate Change and Natural Disasters through improved meteorology and tsunami warning services.