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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IRENA signing, a milestone for Tonga's renewable energy

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1 July 2010

On June 24, in Abu Dhabi, IRENA and the Kingdom of Tonga will hold an official Signing Ceremony of the IRENA Abu Dhabi Declaration on the Tonga Energy Road Map 2010-2020. The Ceremony is an important milestone in the successful, on-going partnership between IRENA and the Pacific Kingdom. That partnership has resulted in Tonga going from being almost 100% dependent on imported diesel for electrical generation, to having one of the most ambitious energy plans in the world

The Kingdom of Tonga is currently almost totally reliant on imported diesel for electricity. In 2009, 19% of Tonga's GDP and 25% of its imports consisted of diesel purchases. Now, with the crucial assistance of IRENA, Tonga has developed the 2010-2020 Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM), which aims for a 50% reduction of diesel importation. This will be accomplished through a range of appropriate renewable technologies, including wind and solar, as well as innovative efficiencies.

There is a long-standing relationship between IRENA and the Kingdom of Tonga. Tonga was one of the first nations to sign on to IRENA and, says IRENA Director General Helene Pelosse: "In June 2009, just a few days after I was elected, Tonga was the first Member State to come to me for help".

The Kingdom of Tonga has a deep understanding of the importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Says Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Pilolevu Tuita, Patron of the Tonga Energy Road Map, "For the sake of stable and equitable development in the Kingdom, we urgently need to reduce our dependence on imported diesel and improve access to electricity in rural areas."

IRENA's wide range of expertise has been invaluable in helping the Kingdom of Tonga plan for the future. IRENA helped deliver the Off Grid component of the TERM, as well as giving essential guidance on policies and finance mechanism. IRENA plans to build on this work and develop a toolkit for similar small Islands.

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, IRENA is becoming the global voice for renewable energy, while promoting a swift transition towards its sustainable use. IRENA is assisting its Member States define their strategy across the fields of all renewable energies: bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind. To date, a total of 144 countries and the European Union have signed IRENA's mandate. 26 countries have ratified its treaty. As of July 8, the Agency will be a fully-fledged international organization.

IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency is an intergovernmental body that is promoting the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms or renewable energy.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa. Article by the Tonga-energy.to.

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