29 January 2015 As part of its efforts to work collaboratively with government counterparts in the Integrated Environmental Management of the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment, the Pacific Island Ridge to Reef National Priorities (Tonga R2R) project held its first board meeting (Project Steering Committee) on Tuesday 27 January 2015 at the Davina House on Vuna Road at 3.00pm.
The Tonga R2R project aims to enhance Tonga’s ecosystem goods and services (provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural) through integrated approaches to land, water, forest, biodiversity and coastal resource management that contribute to poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and climate resilience.
Key stakeholders have been invited to join this new undertaking of which CEOs from Government NGOs, Private Sector, Civil Society and communities District Officers will take part in this meeting’s deliberations. The focus of the meeting was to endorse the multi-year annual work plan for 2015 – 2017 and it’s Term of Reference for this new Governance system mainly to manage Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment ecosystem’s health.
The project is expected to contribute to reducing poverty, sustaining livelihoods and increasing climate resilience. The project will help to create strong linkages between sustainable development of freshwater catchment and coastal areas and promote the implementation of a holistic, integrated management of natural resources at the catchment level.
At the conclusion of the workshop, the Tonga R2R project was able to:
• Create an understanding of the content of the Tonga R2R project document across involved stakeholder.
• Identify and confirm partnership engagement and support towards project implementation and committee members and their roles.
• Know and approve the multi-year work plan and budget.
For more information please contact:
Ms. Ta’hirih Hokafonu +676 8883327