Dealing With Disaster Waste This Tropical Cyclone Season In The Pacific

Apia, Samoa – February 3, 2021: 11.50am (SPREP): Tropical cyclones, floods, and other natural disasters can generate large quantities of waste, including building debris, fallen trees, and hazardous waste.  With five Pacific islands ranked in the top 15 countries world-wide with the highest disaster risk, addressing disaster waste is crucial.  The 2020 World Risk Report […]

Turtles saved, some lost out

Nuku’alofa – January 27, 2021: 11.30am (Enviro News): The Turtle Lake in Fangaloto, opposite the New Zealand High Commission residence, has lost two turtles while around 22 have been saved. Department of Environment’s Marine Team were called in to help last week, following the discovery of a dead turtle on the lake shore. When the […]

Planning and retreat for Department

Nuku’alofa – January 18, 2021: 10.20am (Enviro News): The Director and Management of the Environment Department met at the Heilala Lodge in Ha’atafu last Friday (January 15, 2021) to finalize work plans for 2021. Led by the Director, Mts Atelaite Lupe Matoto, the management team went through plans for all the different divisions within the […]

Nursery gets thumbs up from partners

Nuku’alofa – November 23, 2020: 5.10pm (Enviro News): The new nursery at the Popua mangroves site has received the thumbs up from both the ILAM R2R project and the Department of Environment leadership. Paula Likiliki of the ILAM R2R project and Director of Environment Atelaite Lupe Matoto visited the site last Friday (November 20). And […]

Red List survey shows danger signs

Nuku’alofa – November 6, 2020: 10am (Enviro News): The Red Listing survey carried out here on Tongatapu shows danger signs in the identified mangrove sites. Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global extinction risk […]

Mount Talau National Park fenced off

Neiafu, VAVA’U – October 29, 2020: 5.35pm (ENVIRONMENT News): Protecting an endangered bird and plant species has led to the fencing of the Mount Talau National Park in Neiafu in Vava’u. The fencing project was launched on Friday, October 23. The Governor of Vava’u, Lord Fakatulolo officiated at the event with the Minister for MEIDECC, […]

Partnership on new nursery

Nuku’alofa – October 21, 2020: 2pm (Enviro News): Making sure there are local plants for future replacements has brought the ILAM Project and the Department of Environment together in a new nursery project. The ILAM Project is part of the Pacific Ridge to Reef Project. The project has funded the construction of the new nursery […]

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 […]