Terrestrial team continue with mangroves work

Nuku’alofa – August 20, 2021: 10.45am (Enviro News): The Environment Department’s Terrestrial Team are continuing with work focused on sustaining mangroves in the Kingdom. Doing monitoring work while at the same time getting ready for the development of a second nursery and the proposed national park at Popua has kept the Terrestrial team busy. The […]

A New Model of Coral Reef Health

Annapolis, USA – July 22, 2021: 11.10am (Living Oceans Foundations Media): Scientists have developed a new way to model and map the health of coral reef ecosystems using data collected on the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation’s Global Reef Expedition. This innovative method, presented today at the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), can determine […]

Cabinet approves Tonga’s Ocean Management Plan

Nuku’alofa – July 16, 2021: 5.10pm (Enviro News):  His Majesty’s Cabinet has approved Tonga’s Ocean Management Plan that will provide for the sustainable management of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) covering an estimated 700,000km2. Beginning in 2015 under Cabinet decision, the Government of Tonga initiated the Oceans 7 Technical Committee to formalize and implement the […]

Pacific concerns on Sea-level rise at UN meet on Oceans, Law of the Sea

Suva, FIJI – June 28, 2021: 10am (PIF): Sea-level rise and its impacts were the focus of the 21st Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP21) from 14 – 18 June 2021. The meeting heard of the ongoing impacts for Pacific nations, and their search […]

New Zealand provides funding to phase out Single Use Plastics in Tonga

Nuku’alofa – June 22, 2021:3pm (Enviro News/NZHC): The New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga Tiffany Babington handed over a Grant Contribution of TOP$30,000 to the CEO of Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications Paula Ma’u to develop a Roadmap to phase out single use plastics in Tonga. Besides organic […]

Tonga commemorates World Ocean’s Day, 8 June 2021

Nuku’alofa – June 9, 2021: 10am (Enviro News): Tonga has completed the processes towards achieving its 30 percent (%) Marine Protected Area target that the government had committed to at the 2017 United Nations Ocean Conference. And the Minister for Environment (MEIDECC), Hon. Poasi Tei launched “Tonga’s Marine Atlas” to commemorate World Ocean’s Day, as […]

Island chicken coop projects completed

Nuku’alofa – May 25, 2021: 2.10pm (Enviro News): Some island communities in Vava’u now have chicken coops to help them with their food sources and income generating projects. This has been made possible through funding from the Strengthening Protected Area Management (SPAM) program and supported by the Vava’u Environmental Protection Association. Islands and Oceans Ecosystem […]

Pacific Youth lead the conversation on World Tuna Day

HONIARA, Solomons/NOUMEA, New Caledonia – May 3, 2021: 11.15am ( FFA Media): Amplifying the voices of young Pacific people and addressing their questions and concerns is at the heart of the Teen Tuna Tok campaign,  launched last week to mark World Tuna Day, which was Sunday, May 2. The social media campaign, a joint initiative from […]