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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'Eua students to appreciate the importance of climate change at early age

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12 November 2010 Students in 'Eua, Tonga learn about climate change Students from six primary schools and two high schools on the island of 'Eua in Tonga participated in awareness-raising activities on a range of environmental topics: climate change, sustainable forest and land management, land-use planning and watershed management. The awareness programme ran from 1-5 November 2010, and was supported by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)/ German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region. Resource persons for the different topics came from the Tonga Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the Forestry Division, the Tonga Trust and GTZ. Two local high school teachers were also part of the team. By the end of the week, more than 700 students had participated in the awareness programme.

Climate change, global warming and the impact of these two phenomena on the Tongan way of life created much interest amongst the students and expanded their knowledge of these topics, which are not part of the regular school curriculum. Students also learned about the role of forests in mitigating climate change, and this created a whole new vision of forests for them; no longer were they seen only as a source of building material and firewood. The students also acquired a sense of responsibility towards forests and the management of them.

A presentation on forest clearance currently being carried out on 'Eua was an eye-opener for students and teachers alike. The GTZ Tonga Project officer Ms 'Ofa Kaisamy said, "Students and teachers wanted to go into the forest to investigate the clearance of their indigenous forests. It became apparent to students that if forest clearance and unsustainable land use were to continue unabated, the impacts, especially in the face of climate change, would affect their future well-being and the health of the island. Following this presentation the students requested that they be involved in the forest replanting programme currently being planned by SPC and  GTZ."

The school awareness programme is an effort to address the need to educate children and young adults on these current and emerging development issues. Their integration into educational curricula will be an important development in preparing the younger generation to be better informed. Programmes such as this organised activity on 'Eua take the information directly to the schools. The participation of children in activities to raise awareness about issues such as climate change is an investment for future conservation work.

The week-long awareness programme ended on a high note with the launching of a poetry, essay and drama competition for the schools and youths of 'Eua. Similar awareness programmes are planned for other school clusters in Tonga.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2010. For more information please contact: Ms Christine Fung ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or the SPC Land Resources Division help desk:
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