Environment office opens for 2020

Nuku’alofa – January 6, 2020: 10.30am (Enviro News): The Department of Environment office here in Nuku’alofa opened for work this morning. This marked the opening of the 2020 work season. Government offices around the Kingdom also resumed work this morning, with Environment and the Ministry of MEIDECC also opening all its offices around the country. Read More …

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 Read More …

Commission adopts safe handling guidelines for seabirds

Port Moresby, PNG – December 10, 2019: 2.45pm (WWF): Bycatch in tuna longline fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) is one of the greatest threats to seabirds, particularly albatrosses and petrels. Despite the implementation of conservation measures for seabirds since 2006, it is estimated that between 13,000 to 19,000 seabirds continue to Read More …

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 Read More …

City official says awareness and ownership key to success

Yokohama waste management model thrives on community support and awareness By ILIESA TORA TOKYO, Japan – October 27, 2019: 3pm (Enviro News): Yokohama’s successful waste management program has been credited to an extensive awareness campaign and the involvement of members of the community. This was revealed by Mr Tomohiro Kamewaka, the Manager for Policy Coordination Read More …