Tonga signs on to improve hazardous waste management

Mr. Paula Ma’u, Chief Executive Officer of MEIDECC and GEF Operational Focal Point signing for Tonga at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, Fiji last week. Photo: SUPPLIED

Nuku’alofa – March 7, 2019: 2.30pm (Enviro News): The Kingdom of Tonga became the 5th country in the Pacific Region to endorse the ‘Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island Developing States (ISLANDS)’ Project during the ISLANDS regional consultation workshop held in Nadi, Fiji last week.

Representing Tonga to the signing ceremony was Mr. Paula Ma’u, Chief Executive Officer of MEIDECC and GEF Operational Focal Point.


Ms. Vicky Hall, Director of Waste Management and Pollution Control Programme for SPREP, Mr. Paula Ma’u, CEO for MEIDECC, Mr. Sefanaia Nawadra, Head UNEP Pacific Office and Ms. Melanie Ashton, GEF Consultant.

According to Mr. Ma’u, the Project will benefit Tonga by reducing plastic consumption through improved management of residual waste management, especially in Ha’apai.

The ISLANDS Project with just over USD$22 million is set to improve hazardous waste and chemicals management across 14 Pacific countries in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as implementing agency and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as executing agency.

Ms Mafile’o Masi (left), Mr Paula Ma’u and Ms Sulieti ‘Ofa at the signing ceremony in Nadi, Fiji last week. Photo: SUPPLIED

Also attending the signing ceremony was Ms. Mafile’o Masi, Chief Environmentalist and Ms. Sulieti ‘Ofa, Conservation Officer both from the Department of Environment.

At the national level, the Waste Management and Pollution Control (WMPC) Division of the Department of Environment (DoE) will coordinate the Project.

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