Tonga at Nadi meet to discuss regional Marine Spatial Planning

NADI, Fiji – September 11, 2018: 3pm (Enviro News): Tonga is being represented at the ‘Regional Technical, Peer-to-peer, Marine Spatial Planning Learning Workshop’ in Nadi, Fiji this week.

The workshop has been organised by the Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Management in Pacific Island Countries in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (SPREP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the GIZ (The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH).

Participants, facilitators and guests after the opening ceremony this morning at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi

It started today and will run until Friday.

Tonga’s team at the event includes the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Mineral Resources Ms Rosamond Bing, the head of the Biodiversity Unit of the Department of Environment, Ms Ta’hirih Hokafonu, Ms Karen Stone of VEPA Vava’u and support staff from the MSP Project in Tonga and the Department of Fisheries.

The workshop aims to Workshop Objectives include the feddbacks of participants on the MSP toolkit, increase mutual understanding of the key aspects of MSP, increase mutual learning about the opportunities and hurdles to implementing MSP, facilitate networking of influential practitioners who can continue to support and guide each other in implementing MSP in the Pacific, explore cross-country synergies in terms of implementing MSP and the seeking funding support for same and facilitate sustainability of MSP efforts beyond the MACBIO Project.

The Tonga delegation at the Nadi workshop

Addresses at the opening ceremony this morning were delivered by Mr Mason Smith, Regional Director, IUCN Oceania Regional Office, Ms Sainimili Bulai, Ministry of Waterways and Environment, Fiji and Dr Jan Steffen, MACBIO Project Director, GIZ.

Part of the workshop will see the participants visiting Yanuya Island off the coast of Vuda Point for a field trip.




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