Tonga and Pacific move on waste management initiatives

Nadi, Fiji, 7/02/2020: The Pacific–European Union Waste Management Programme (PacWastePlus) is working with identified Pacific countries to reduce the production of, and improve the management of, hazardous wastes (specifically asbestos, E-waste and healthcare waste), solid wastes (specifically recyclables, organic waste, disaster waste and bulky waste) and water impacted by solid waste. This was discussed again 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 …

Islands and Ocean Division discuss work plan

Nuku’alofa – January 10, 2020: 12.15pm (Enviro News): The addition of a new project and the focus on Healthy Oceans for 2020 makes the work of the Islands and Ocean Division here at the Environment Department a critical one. Invasive Species, with its Phase 2 for Tonga, is an addition to the Division’s program this Read More …