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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EXPO boosts energy awareness in Tonga

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15 April, 2011. Innovative schemes aimed at saving energy and cutting costs drew hundreds to Tonga's first Sustainable Energy Expo, held in Nuku'alofa this week.

Organised by the Government's Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM) initiative, the event on the 12th and 13th of April brought together local agencies, foreign suppliers, and members of the general public to witness the variety of energy efficient options available to Tongan businesses and homes.

"This EXPO is part of the [TERM] initiative to try and help Tonga reduce its energy costs, reduce its green house gas emissions and increase the opportunities and standard of living of its people," said Minister for Finance and National Planning, Hon. Sunia Fili at the welcome reception.

"The Government is taking the issue of rising energy costs very seriously and the Road Map is our plan to address this challenge."

More than 20 stalls - 11 of them local, along with participants from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji - featured energy-smart products such as solar power systems, energy efficient home appliances, and information on hybrid cars.

Larger projects included solar electrification in the outer islands by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change; wind and solar powered communications centres by Tonga Communications Corporation; a bio-fuel proposal from Fiji-based Niu Industries to convert coconut oil into diesel fuel, and from New Zealand's Bio Pacific Energy, a plan to create electricity out of waste products.

"I think the EXPO achieved its goal in beginning to create energy awareness among the general public and private sector," said TERM project coordinator Mr Lano Fonua.

"There was a lot of serious interest from local businesses and we've had great feedback from all the exhibitors. We feel we can improve on this and reach even more people next time we hold this event."

TERM now operates under the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Natural Resources.


Issued by the: Ministry of Informationa and Communications, 2011. (Photos: Talanoa Langi)

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