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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Tonga welcomes record-breaking solar ship

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29 April 2011 The world's largest solar-powered ship will arrive in Tonga today, en route a pioneering expedition around the globe.

The Swiss-owned MS TÛRANOR PlanetSolar is due at Queen Salote Wharf by mid-afternoon, after a two week delay in Bora Bora due to technical issues.

The Prime Minister of Tonga Lord Tu'ivakano will host a welcome dinner for the crew and special guests later in the evening.

"It is completely amazing to sail the solar boat. We came from Monaco only on the energy of the sun. It's good to have a vision and see it actually happen and to show people the power of solar energy," said PlanetSolar project founder and crewmember Raphaël Domjan.

Mr Domjan was in Tonga earlier in the month to attend the nation's first Sustainable Energy Expo. His presentation at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre showed how the MS TÛRANOR's 4-person crew left Monaco last September, navigating more than 20,000 km at sea and counting.

With an upper-deck covered by up to 38,000 solar panels supplying 93.5 KW (127.0 hp) of photo-voltaic (PV) power, the 31metre-long catamaran has so far sailed across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal, and now traversing the Pacific Ocean. Stopovers were made at a number of major cities including Miami, Cancun, Panama and Bora Bora.

"We want to share the boat with the people of Tonga and share the vision that the power of solar energy is not just theoretical but very practical. The boat is usable," added PlanetSolar representative Dr Luka Müller-Studer.

The public can view the ship up close from the Western dock of Queen Salote Wharf today around 3pm.

An official day-long program on Saturday will involve a visit by the crew to St Andrew's High School to donate an 8KW PV solar system worth 40,000 Euro, which will supply electricity to the school buildings.

Groups of high school and tertiary students will also be treated to exclusive tours of the ship.

The MS TÛRANOR will depart Saturday evening for Noumea, New Caledonia. The vessel is due in Brisbane by the end of May before continuing on to Manila, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mumbai, and Abu Dhabi. The route will take them across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, before heading back to the Mediterranean.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011. (Photo: Taulava Pulini)

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 July 2011 00:02 )
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