Whale watching and swimming licenses to be limited

Nuku’alofa – February 26, 2020: 9.40am (Tourism): The Ministry of Tourism, by Gazette Order of the Minister for Tourism, Hon. ‘Akosita Havili Lavulavu, has limited the whale watching and swimming licences to be issued for the 2020 whale watching season. The Minister’s Order has been published in the Tonga Government Gazette, effective February 25, 2020. Read More …

Ocean Plan team works on 2020 program

Nuku’alofa – February 24, 2020: 10.30am (Enviro News): The Tonga Ocean Management Bill will be finalised this year, following presentations made by the Marine Spatial Planning team. The team, led by project coordinator Elisapeti Veikoso, presented to the Tonga Ocean 7 Working Group on February 19 and to the National Environment Coordinating Committee (NECC) on Read More …

Tonga to work on managing ‘natural enemies’

Nuku’alofa – February 24, 2020: 10.20am (Enviro News): Local partnerships will help in ensuring that Tonga is able to manage invasive species that are slowly affecting the environment here and changing natural resources. This was the critical message that partners expressed during the two day Inception Workshop for the GEF6 Regional Invasive Program and the Read More …

CMS COP13 Concludes in India With Major New Actions for Migratory Species

Gandhinagar, INDIA – February 22, 2020: 9am (UNEP): The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) concluded on Friday in Gandhinagar, India with the adoption of a number of significant resolutions and decisions to address the conservation needs and threats facing Read More …

Abu Dhabi Recognized as a CMS Migratory Species Champion Plus and extends partnership with Convention on Migratory Species

Gandhinagar/Abu Dhabi, UAE – February 18, 2020: 9.35am 18 February 2020 (UNEP Media): Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) have extended their decade -long partnership, protecting Dugongs, African-Eurasian birds of prey and other migratory animals of regional importance. Established in the United Arab Emirates’ capital in Read More …

UN launches world’s biggest survey of public opinion on climate change

New York City, USA – February 18, 2020: 9.30am (UN): On February 13, celebrities and youth activists met with UN officials, governments and civil society to launch Mission 1.5, a campaign that aims to bridge the gap between people and governments on ambitious climate action.  Mission 1.5 aims to give 20 million people around the Read More …

Tonga and Pacific move on waste management initiatives

Nadi, Fiji, 7/02/2020: The Pacific–European Union Waste Management Programme (PacWastePlus) is working with identified Pacific countries to reduce the production of, and improve the management of, hazardous wastes (specifically asbestos, E-waste and healthcare waste), solid wastes (specifically recyclables, organic waste, disaster waste and bulky waste) and water impacted by solid waste. This was discussed again Read More …

Scoping visit for invasive team as new staff joins Department

Nuku’alofa – February 12, 2020: 1.40pm (Enviro News): A team from the Invasive Species Unit here at the Department of Environment in Nuku’alofa will be visiting Vava’u for scoping work. Unit head Viliami Hakaumotu will lead the team with technical assistance from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). This was confirmed at Read More …