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 […]

Tonga reviews NDCs as Climate Change threats continue

Nuku’alofa – September 28, 2020: 11am (MEIDECC): Tonga is reviewing her Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in the face of continuing Climate Change threats, Prime Minister Rev Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa told the General Debate at the Seventy-fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, September 25. In a pre-recorded statement Hon Dr Tu’i’onetoa said […]

Prime Minister shares Tonga’s sympathy with UN member states

Nuku’alofa – September 28, 2020: 10.55am (MEIDECC): Tonga stands in solidarity with all United Nations member states who have been affected by the global outbreak of COVID-19, resulting in the loss of lives and loved ones, Prime Minister Rev Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa told the 75th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly on September […]