CMS COP13 Concludes in India With Major New Actions for Migratory Species

Gandhinagar, INDIA – February 22, 2020: 9am (UNEP): The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) concluded on Friday in Gandhinagar, India with the adoption of a number of significant resolutions and decisions to address the conservation needs and threats facing Read More …

Abu Dhabi Recognized as a CMS Migratory Species Champion Plus and extends partnership with Convention on Migratory Species

Gandhinagar/Abu Dhabi, UAE – February 18, 2020: 9.35am 18 February 2020 (UNEP Media): Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) have extended their decade -long partnership, protecting Dugongs, African-Eurasian birds of prey and other migratory animals of regional importance. Established in the United Arab Emirates’ capital in Read More …

UN launches world’s biggest survey of public opinion on climate change

New York City, USA – February 18, 2020: 9.30am (UN): On February 13, celebrities and youth activists met with UN officials, governments and civil society to launch Mission 1.5, a campaign that aims to bridge the gap between people and governments on ambitious climate action.  Mission 1.5 aims to give 20 million people around the Read More …

Scoping visit for invasive team as new staff joins Department

Nuku’alofa – February 12, 2020: 1.40pm (Enviro News): A team from the Invasive Species Unit here at the Department of Environment in Nuku’alofa will be visiting Vava’u for scoping work. Unit head Viliami Hakaumotu will lead the team with technical assistance from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). This was confirmed at Read More …

Planning for Environment activities

Nuku’alofa – January 22, 2020: 12.10pm (Enviro News): Work for 2020 and its budget allocations were the focus of discussions at today’s Department of Environment ‘Retreat’ at the House of Tonga in Fanga ‘o Pilolevu, just outside Nuku’alofa. Chaired by the Director Mrs Atelaite Lupe Matoto, the meeting included the heads of the different divisions Read More …

Heed warnings and prepare now, Minister says

Nuku’alofa – January 17, 2020: 12.30pm (MEIDECC): Everyone must heed warnings and the advise given out by the Tonga MET and NEMO as Tonga prepares for Cyclone Tino, the Minister of MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei said in Nuku’alofa this morning. Chairing the National Emergency Management Committee (NEMC) at the NEMO Office Hon Tei said it Read More …

Environment in 2020: A critical year for climate, biodiversity and oceans

This year, crucial international summits take place that must advance action to protect the planet By Fermín Koop  “Our house is on fire,” Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said at the beginning of 2019, her statement resonating throughout the year as global temperatures hit record highs, the number of endangered species rose, extreme weather events became more frequent, Read More …