Nursery gets thumbs up from partners

Nuku’alofa – November 23, 2020: 5.10pm (Enviro News): The new nursery at the Popua mangroves site has received the thumbs up from both the ILAM R2R project and the Department of Environment leadership. Paula Likiliki of the ILAM R2R project and Director of Environment Atelaite Lupe Matoto visited the site last Friday (November 20). And […]

Red List survey shows danger signs

Nuku’alofa – November 6, 2020: 10am (Enviro News): The Red Listing survey carried out here on Tongatapu shows danger signs in the identified mangrove sites. Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global extinction risk […]

Mount Talau National Park fenced off

Neiafu, VAVA’U – October 29, 2020: 5.35pm (ENVIRONMENT News): Protecting an endangered bird and plant species has led to the fencing of the Mount Talau National Park in Neiafu in Vava’u. The fencing project was launched on Friday, October 23. The Governor of Vava’u, Lord Fakatulolo officiated at the event with the Minister for MEIDECC, […]

Inform Project training for staff

Nuku’alofa – October 15, 2020: 2.50pm (Enviro News): The Inform Project, managed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is holding training and one on one meetings with staff of the Department of Environment here in Tonga this week. The training started on Wednesday at the department’s conference room, facilitated by coordinator […]

Report Reveals Positive Outcomes Of Special Management Areas On Marine Environment

Apia, SAMOA – October 14, 2020: 11.40am (SPREP): Tonga’s Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) have developed a report on the state of the environment in the country. The report identifies Special Management Areas (SMAs) as a key […]

Pacific Ocean Climate Change Conference To Be Delivered Online

Apia, SAMOA – October 13, 2020: 9.15am (SPREP): Climate change experts and those who wish to learn from them will be gathering online at the third Pacific Ocean Climate Change Conference from 27–30 October 2020. Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and the National University of Samoa (NUS) are working with the Secretariat of the […]

La Niña Officially Declared In The Pacific

Apia, SAMOA – October 9, 2020 (SPREP):  La Niña is officially underway in the Pacific, as confirmed by the Pacific Meteorological Desk Partnership at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).  La Niña is a Spanish term which means “a girl”, and is the name given to the phenomenon where the trade winds become […]

Tonga targets 70% renewable energy by 2030, with solar energy as the main driver

Nuku’alofa – September 29, 2020: 2.05pm (MEIDECC): Tonga will continue the efforts to have renewable energy providing 70 percent of the country’s power supply needs, with solar power being an important part of that investment, the Regional Committee for the Asia and Pacific Region of the International Solar Alliance has been told. Hon Poasi Mataele […]

Ocean is important for Tonga, PM tells UN

Nuku’alofa – September 28, 2020: 11.20am (MEIDECC): The ocean and its marine environment is important for Tonga, Prime Minister Rev Dr Tu’i’onetoa told the General Debate at the Seventy-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, September 25. He said Tonga continues to recognize the importance of the ocean-climate nexus, and further continues […]