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Hon. Minister for MEIDECC opens COSPPac Workshop in Nuku’alofa

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09th May, 2018 Tonga benefits from Climate and Ocean Support Program in the Pacific Nuku’alofa, Tonga- The Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) officially opened its eleventh steering committee meeting and final planning meeting for phase 1 this morning. The week-long meeting will include consultation on the work plan for COSPPac Phase 2, the planned four-year continuation of Australian assistance to Pacific Island Countries.

“Given the vulnerability of Pacific nations to long-onset changes in rainfall distribution, ocean warming, sea level rise, and El Niño events– it is clear just how important the work of COSPPac is,” said the Honourable Poasi Tei, Minister for Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications (MEIDECC) at the opening of the meeting.

“Tonga has benefitted from many COSPPac activities over the last 6 years,” the Honourable Minister added. “In particular, we have benefitted from the infrastructural investments and capacity building opportunities that have been made available to Tonga Met Service and Tonga Lands and Survey Staff through this project.”

Through COSPPac, Tonga Meteorological Service has been included in the Traditional Knowledge project, which provides training and support of staff to collect and log traditional This meeting attended by Pacific National Meteorological Services Directors and Lands and Survey representatives, as well as representatives from the Australian Government, Bureau of Meteorology Australia (BoM), Geoscience Australia (GA), the Pacific Community (SPC), and knowledge indicators for climate and weather. Last November, Tonga benefitted from staff training and a national stakeholder engagement on Ocean Services, wave modelling, and marine forecasting.

“Thanks to the installation of a temporary tide gauge in Vava’u two years ago under COSPPac, as of 2018, we now have a new tide prediction calendar for Neiafu,” the Honourable Minister noted.

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). In addition, regional partners involved in climate and ocean work are in attendance, including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), UNDP Pacific Office, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Asia Pacific Climate Centre (APCC), the New Zealand National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), and others.

Since its launch in 2012, COSPPac has worked to build the capacity of Pacific Island Meteorological Services and other relevant agencies to understand and apply climate, ocean and sea level information for the benefit of island governments and communities. The project has invested $39 million Australian dollars in the region in supporting Pacific Island resilience.

COSPPac is managed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology in partnership with SPC, Geoscience Australia,  SPREP, and is a key component of the Australian Government’s support to Pacific Island countries in adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate variability and change.


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