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 […]

Tonga MET tracks likely cyclone

Nuku’alofa – January 16, 2020: 3.40pm (Enviro News): Tongans have been advised to prepare for a cyclone that is likely to be a Cat 2 when it hits the country and possibly a Cat 3. The Director of the Tonga Meteorological Services or Tonga MET, Mr Ofa Fa’anunu has confirmed this in his public messages […]

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, […]

Prayer meeting ends first week of 2020

Nuku’alofa – January 10, 2020: 12.35pm (Enviro News): The management and staff of the Environment Department here in Nuku’alofa met this morning to thank God for the week of work and elect new officials for their Staff and Social Club. Acting Director Mr Sione Tukia Lepa led the opening service of 2020 and the subsequent […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]