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 […]

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 […]

Malaysia Says It Won’t be World’s Waste Bin, Sends Back Trash

PENANG, MALAYSIA – January 21, 2020: 12.55pm (AP): Malaysia has sent back 150 containers of plastic waste to 13 mainly rich countries since the third quarter last year, with the environment minster warning on Monday that those who want to make the country a rubbish bin of the world can “dream on.” Shipments of unwanted […]

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 […]

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, […]

Tonga reports at Canada meeting

Nuku’alofa – December 11, 2019: 10am (Enviro News): Tonga was able to report on its Sixth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity at meetings held in Canada during the last week of November. Director Environment Mrs Atelaite Lupe Matoto and the Principal Biodiversity Officer Mrs Ta’hirih Fifita Hokafonu attended the meetings. Tonga participated from […]

Reviving tradition to protect marine life

This story by Monica Evans originally appeared on Mongabay. It is republished here with permission.  The traditional Māori concept of ra’ui – an ancient Polynesian form of resource management – is helping rejuvenate areas in the Cook Islands On March 1, 2000, traditional Māori elders gathered with family, community members and government officials on the white-sand shore of Aro’a Lagoon […]

Microplastics, microbeads and single-use plastics poisoning sea life and affecting humans

NAIROBI, Kenya – November 4, 2019: 5pm (UN NEWS CENTRE) Each year, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean – equivalent to a full garbage truck dumped into the sea every minute – the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Monday.  Between 60 to 90 per cent of the […]

Thailand mangroves project on show

BANGKOK, Thailand – October 30, 2019: 5pm (Enviro News): Delegates and participants at the ‘Nature Based Solutions for Disaster Risks and Climate Change Impacts” here had the chance to see first hand work being done on mangroves in Bangkok. The “Field trip: EPIC site visit’ provided that opportunity for all to see the mangrove project. […]