Environment & Climate Change


The Vision of His Majesty's Government National Strategic Planning Framework and beyond is to achieve a high standard of living and quality of life for both men and women, and also sustainability of development, economically, environmentally, culturally and politically. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change programmes and objectives, through its Corporate Plans, are managed and implemented to support the Government's National Priorities.The Ministry's core functions provides the fundamental basis for the achievement of high standard of living and quality of life for the people of Tonga at present and into the next generation, through sustaining the integrity of the ecosystems of Tonga to support life and livelihoods.

The Ministry of Environment & Climate Change (MECC) Corporate Plans reflects the commitment of the Ministry to good governance at the Ministerial level by improving the efficiency of administration, providing a better career path and opportunities for staff, better coordination of our services to the public and our advice to Government on environmental and climate change issues and statutes, regional and international obligations, and close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve its mission.

MECC's mandate is to ensure the protection and proper management of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development.

The MECC operates four programmes:

  • Technical & Sustainable Development
  • Conservation
  • Climate Change and
  • Energy.All programmes contribute to achieving its common vision of "Sustainable development for Tonga's present and future generations through coordinated environmental management and protection, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

MECC's Key Result Areas (KRAs) represent areas in which it plans and delivers concrete and tangible outputs. The KRAs emerge from MECC's mission and mandate to:

Ensure customer satisfaction;
Ensure financial support;Provide for learning & growth;
Streamline internal business;
Ensure environmental governance;
Promote climate change resilience;
Report on State of Environment;
Maintain an active role in the development and subsequent implementation of multi-lateral environmental agreements; and
Promote conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.


1. Ensure customer satisfaction

  • To provide high level of environmental services and performance to ensure customer satisfaction
  • To ensure customer involvement from planning process to implementation
  • Increased and enhanced public awareness, education and engagement

2. Financial Support

Cost efficiency
Harmonised and effective resource management / sharing
Maximise revenue collection services
Maximise sourcing of and collaboration with external donors
Budget planning and asset management

3. Provide for Learning & Growth

Human Resource Capacity Building
Strengthen communication strategy
Equipment / Asset Development Plan
Growth in services, including through outsourcing and extending networks

4. Streamline Internal Business

Streamlining the balance of project resources and performance
Clear internal Ministerial structure
Clear structure for modelling MECC activities in relation to working with other government ministries and the external environment

5. Environmental Governance

Mainstream environmental considerations, sustainable resource utilization and development practices
Develop and review of environmental plans, policies and legal framework
Develop and meet requirements of international and multilateral agreements

6. Climate Change Resilience

Promote and implement effective measures to adapt to climate change impacts
Promote and implement effective measures to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

7. State of Environment

Identification and status of existing ecosystems
Species stock take
To identify sources of human and natural impacts
To ensure continuity of SOE measures
Report on State of Environment
Facilitate, conduct and participate in environmental research and reporting

8. Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)

To provide procedural guidelines for adhering to obligations
To ensure sustainability of programme activities and resources
To establish new programmes under existing MEA or new MEA
To secure co-partnership requirements
To ensure potential mainstreaming with other agreements

9. Conservation

To promote conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources
To provide Resource Rehabilitation Management
To implement NBSAP
To implement National Biosafety Framework
To implement Fanga'uta Lagoon Management Plan


Hon. Siaosi 'Ofakivahafolau Sovaleni -  Minister for Environment and Climate Change

MR. Paula Pouvalu Ma'u - CEO for Environment and Climate Change



Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment and Climate Change, Communication [MEIDECC]


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Environment Awareness week focuses on forestry importance to Tonga

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5 June 2011 T

onga joins the world in commemorating World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June which is a day that stimulates awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and public action.

Each year, Tonga's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change organizes an Environment Awareness Week which involves a week-long celebration of the environment, with schools, businesses and government offices participating in a variety of activities.

In celebrating the World Environment Day 2011 theme, "Forests - Nature at your service", Tonga will mark its national environment week from 4 - 10 June by promoting "Forests: a service to Tonga (Vaotata mo hono ngaahi ‘aonga ki Tonga).

Although individual projects and themes vary from year to year, this year's awareness program will include TV Panels and Radio Broadcasts Talkbacks; a combined Sunday service; site visitation and tree planning at various government primary schools as well as schools posters and essay competitions that will focus on the usefulness of Tonga's forests and people's obligation to protect it.

Since 1984, when the Government of Tonga first began an Environment Awareness Week, the success of such program stems from the Ministry's consistently persuading and involving the commitments of Churches, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), schools, government departments and businesses including the community in the promotion and sponsorship of the Awareness week.

Tree planting is one of the key activities each year. The Agriculture Department provides seedling trees for free, where thousands of people gets to plant a tree.  Example of such activity is the "Pick up a Spade and plant a Shade" which will take place on Thursday 9 June. This will be a mass tree planting program at designated areas of Toloa, ‘Atele and the Nuku'alofa waterfront and mangrove planning at Sopu.

On the same day, everyone is encouraged to wear green or something green to put emphasis on "green forest day".   The awareness week will conclude on Friday 10 June with a "Clean up " inspection of Tongatapu and an "Open Day"  to the public with displays, promotional stalls, live performances and award presentations conducted to highlight  the environmental importance of the week.

Similar environmental awareness weeks are also conducted in Samoa and American Samoa and other Pacific island countries.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 July 2011 23:24 )
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