Environment & Climate Change

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND 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.

KEY RESULT AREAS and OBJECTIVES

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

ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE:

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

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

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

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

 

P.O.BOX 1380 | Level 2, O.G Sanft Building | Nuku'alofa | TONGA.

Phone: +676 28 170 | Fax: +676 24 861

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Making Cities resilient: My City is getting ready

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13 October 2010 To mark the world-wide observation of the Disaster Reduction Day, this year aims at "making cities resilient" and assuring the readiness of any city when any disaster strike.

In Tonga, a one-day special event was organized by the Tonga Red Cross Society in association with the Ministry of Works and Disaster Management, the Ministry of Energy and Climate Change and the Planning and Urban Management Agency who meet together to mark the day with presentations and discussions of key disaster management related topics.

The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ma'afu, officially opened the event, followed by presentations from the Urban Planning and Management Agency representative, Tukua Tonga  as well as special focus on the response to the Niuatoputapu Tsunami Disaster Management highlighted by Sione Taumoefolau, of the Tonga Red Cross Society.

The aim is to enhance community awareness about disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and especially to integrate them into Tonga's development agenda.

In 2009, Tonga have been disrupted by the Niuatoputapu Tsunami Disaster, which have caused human suffering, loss of lives and homes and economic damage. Over half of Niuatoputapu's main settlement areas have been destroyed or were at risk.

There were other issues of concern which included Tonga's vulnerability to world-wide issues like climate change and sea level rise.

Mr Taumoefolau commented that reducing disaster risk is everybody's business, and needs everyone's participation and investment – civil society and professional networks as well as local and central government who are acting to build resilience to climate, environmental and social risks, to re-evaluate the extend of the country's preparedness.




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Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010

 
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