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An Asian Development Bank (ADB) review has summarized challenges for Tonga’s Solid Waste Management.
Friday 11 July 2014
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The Tongan government has committed $1.5 Million US dollars to a regional fight against “invasive species” which are a threat to native species.
Tuesday 8 July 2014 - 2 comments
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The Government of Japan has stated that it will abide by a ruling from the International Court of Justice to end the country’s whaling program in the Southern Ocean.
Thursday 3 April 2014
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Eleven families in four Hihifo villages are receiving help from the Red Cross after their homes were affected by flood waters caused by heavy rainfall last week, March 24 – 25.
Monday 31 March 2014
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“Foul” is the only way to describe a container-load of around 10 tonnes of rotten chicken, dumped onto a picnic spot on Tongatapu’s scenic Hufangalupe coastline last week. The maggoty mess has disgusted locals and remained a stinking issue this morning.
Wednesday 5 March 2014 - 1 comment
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Tonga signed a $23.1 million grant agreement with the Asian Development Bank to fund a Climate Resilience Sector Project on February 25 in Nuku’alofa.
Wednesday 26 February 2014
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The United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlstrom has praised Small Island Developing States (SIDS) for their efforts in disaster risk-reduction.
Tuesday 25 February 2014
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An expedition is currently underway in Vava’u to assess the Island group’s ecosystem.
Monday 17 February 2014
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Fafa Island Resort yesterday, February 4, celebrated the declaration of about 485 hectares of reef and sea area around the Island as a Special Management Area. The special protected status means that only a person or a fishing vessel that has been approved by the Coastal Community Management Committee may enter the area.
Wednesday 5 February 2014
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An anti-whaling organisation, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has today reported the sighting of whale poachers inside the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary (an area of the Pacific Ocean near Antarctica).
Monday 6 January 2014
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The first exploration of the Tonga Trench by a deep sea submersible vehicle to understand and document the environmental conditions and living species that exist in the second deepest point in the ocean was completed by Japanese researchers from October 7-20.
Tuesday 22 October 2013 - 2 comments
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Members of various regional organisations have voiced their concerns over the prospect of deep sea mining in Pacific waters.
Friday 11 October 2013
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Tonga’s coral reefs in most parts are phenomenal and healthy but there are places where they are damaged, said a Chief Scientist who was concerned with the low number of large fish due to overfishing and recommended more marine protected areas with tougher fishing regulations to ensure damaged reefs recovery and bring back more fish.
Thursday 3 October 2013
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The health of Tonga’s coral reefs is under investigation in a new study that began this week. The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is on a one-month Global Reef Expedition in Tonga to research and make recommendations on how Tonga can preserve the resources.
Wednesday 11 September 2013
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Tonga has a high level of vulnerability to climate hazards and over the next five years will start planning to be better prepared to cope with the increased risks of climate change. Tonga is one of only three Pacific countries chosen to pilot a Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) under a global climate change initiative. By Linny Folau
Wednesday 15 May 2013
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The flooding in parts of Nuku’alofa is a testimony to an ad-hoc decision-making process in the urban development of Nuku’alofa, Tukua Tonga, the director of the Urban Planning Unit of the Ministry of Land, said today. Flooding during this week’s heavy downfalls of rain, has closed some schools and businesses, made roads impassable, and caused community concern over the associated health risks.
Wednesday 6 March 2013
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“Equity, dignity, happiness, sustainability – these are all fundamental to our lives but absent in the GDP,” Helen Clark said today. “Progress needs to be defined and measured in a way which accounts for the broader picture of human development and its context.”
Thursday 21 June 2012
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A National Tree Planting ceremony was held on Tuesday, June 5 at the Nuku’alofa waterfront marking two important events, Tonga’s 150 years of Emancipation and the launching of the Environment Awareness Week.
Friday 8 June 2012
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The United Nations climate negotiations resumed in Bonn, Germany, yesterday, May 14. This session is the first following the Durban climate conference in December 2011.
Tuesday 15 May 2012
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An abandoned fishing boat that is leaking oil at Faua Harbour on the Nuku’alofa waterfront, after sinking at its berth well over a week ago, is one of several that are a concern for harbour users, while authorities are writing letters trying to force the owner to remove it.
Tuesday 10 January 2012
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