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 […]

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 […]

Climate Change week in Tonga

Nuku’alofa – September 22, 20202: 9.15am (Enviro News): Climate Change Week is being celebrated in Tonga this week. And the Department of Environment is also involved with tree planting, coastal clean up and exhibition. Teams from the department are working throughout the week with the Climate Change team and partners from the communities. Monday saw […]

Ha’atafu beachfront damage still visible

Nuku’alofa – September 10, 2020: 9.10am (Enviro News): Damage caused by Cyclone Harold along the Ha’atafu beachfront are still visible. Although nature has slowly started to regrow there is alot that still needs to be done. The beachfront is a possible ‘beachfront monitoring site’ that is being looked at by the Department of Environment and […]

Navutoka coastline face daily threats

Nuku’alofa – September 9, 2020: 10.05am (Enviro News): Daily threats, both natural and man made, continue to drastically affect the coastline between the villages of Navutoka and Makaunga on the East of Tongatapu. Rising sea level, natural hazards such as cyclones and storm surges plus the man-made threat of trashing by those who use the […]

Whales’ take to the Tongan seas

Nuku’alofa – September 7, 2020: 1.35pm (Enviro News): The whales have been taking to Tonga’s seas over the last month, entertaining all those who have been out to take a glimpse at them. Members of the Marine Team here at the Environment Department have been out on a few trips to monitor what is happening […]

Tonga wants to ban single-use plastics

Nuku’alofa – August 17, 2020: 3.20pm (Matangi Tonga): Tonga is looking at phasing out single-use plastics such as shopping bags, cutlery, straws and more starting next year, confirmed Director of Environment, Atelaite Lupe Matoto on Friday, August 14. Mrs Matoto told a regional conference at the Fa’onelua Centre this morning that in September last year, Cabinet […]