Chinese Embassy assists Environment Week program

Nuku’alofa – April 6, 2021: 3.20pm (Enviro News): Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, His Excellency Ciao Xiaolin this morning handed over a cheque for $5600 pa’anga to assist the 2021 Environment Week celebrations. Ministry of MEIDECC Chief Executive Officer Paula Ma’u was on hand to receive the assistance. He was accompanied by Director of Environment Mrs […]

Cuba gets US$23.9 million grant from Green Climate Fund for coastal resilience project

UNDP-supported ‘Mi Costa’ project will build climate resilience for over 440,000 Cubans through nature-based approaches Songdo, Korea – March 19, 2021: 12.35pm (UNDP): The Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved today US$23.9 million in finance for a coastal resilience project along Cuba’s southern coastline. GCF financing will be provided during the project’s first 8 years and […]

Town officers discuss Fanga’uta issues

Nuku’alofa – March 18, 2021: 10am (Enviro News): Town officers from around the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment Area here on Tongatapu met at the Ministry of MEIDECC’s conference room on Wednesday, March 17 to discuss issues relating to the management of the lagoon. Chaired by Manase Vaoahi from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the meeting discussed […]

Prince Ata tours compost toilet and septic sites in Hihifo

Nuku’alofa – March 11, 2021: 4.45pm (ENVIRO NEWS): His Highness Prince Ata witnessed the launch of a compost toilet and Plastic Septic with Sand Filtering system pilot project in Hihifo, implemented by the Tonga Intergrated Water and Coastal Management Project (Tonga IW R2R project) on Wednesday, March 10. Prince Ata, who was the chief guest […]

Data reporting assistance for Environment Staff

Nuku’alofa – March 8, 2021: 10.10am (Enviro News): The Director, management and staff of the Environment Department here in Nuku’alofa went through a training on Indicator Reporting Tool on Thursday, February 25. This was conducted by the Tonga Inform Project consultant, Mr Siosiua Latu. Director Mrs Atelaite Lupe Matoto opened the training with comments and […]

Pacific voices heard at the UN Biodiversity Convention virtual informal session

Suva, FIJI – February 23, 2021: 10.30am: (SPREP) – A virtual informal session provided 2000 pre-registered participants the opportunity to exchange opinions on key items for the formal 24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24) UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) scheduled for later this year.  The informal […]

2021: Critical year to ‘reset our relationship with nature’ – UN chief

NEW YORK – February 23, 2021: 10.25am: (UN NEWS CENTRE) – During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritising nature-based solutions.   Painting a picture of the turmoil wreaked by COVID-19, whereby millions are […]

More depressions expected before April ends

Nuku’alofa – February 3, 2021: 2.55pm (Enviro News): Tonga should be expecting more tropical depressions before the tropical cyclone season comes to an end in April. Director Meteorology Ofa Fa’anunu made the comments while updating the National Emergency Management Committee at NEMO Office in Nuku’alofa on Tuesday. He said one depression is expected to form […]

Dealing With Disaster Waste This Tropical Cyclone Season In The Pacific

Apia, Samoa – February 3, 2021: 11.50am (SPREP): Tropical cyclones, floods, and other natural disasters can generate large quantities of waste, including building debris, fallen trees, and hazardous waste.  With five Pacific islands ranked in the top 15 countries world-wide with the highest disaster risk, addressing disaster waste is crucial.  The 2020 World Risk Report […]