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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Prime Minister Re-affirms Government's Commitment to Pursuing Renewable Energy Sources

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20 January, 2010 Media Release

The Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele, has re-affirmed Government's commitment to pursuing renewable energy sources during his address to the 3rd Preparatory Commission meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, last Monday.

The Hon Prime Minister informed the meeting that, "The Tongan Government, in 2008, responded to the global challenge of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction and the vulnerability of its own energy security by approving a policy of 50% renewable energy electricity generation to be achieved by 2012."

IRENA is an international agency that is still in its formative stages, with strong technical and financial support from the United Arab Emirates. IRENA has shown a keen interest to work closely with Tonga on its Energy Roadmap which could be a model for other small islands developing states.

In his address the Hon Prime Minister also thanked the newly formed IRENA Secretariat for the direct technical assistance it provided towards the compilation of the Tonga Energy Roadmap 2010-2020, and informed participants that Tonga had ratified the IRENA Statutes in November 2009.

The Hon Prime Minister's delegation to the Meeting includes the Lord Tuita, Minister for Lands, Survey and Natural Resources, Va'inga Tone, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and ‘Akau'ola, Renewable Energy Coordinator. Other Pacific islands countries attending the meeting include Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Kiribati, Palau and Nauru.

Tonga's major Development Partners, including Australia, People's Republic of China, the European Commission, Japan, New Zealand, and the World Bank, have already made commitments to provide technical and financial assistance towards the implementation of Tonga's Energy Roadmap 2010-2020.

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