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Urgent Action needed to address mangrove ecosystems in the country

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 23/10/2019

There is an urgent need for action to be taken to address the critical state of ecosystems in the country particularly in the coastal areas.

A Tonga Red List of Ecosystems Experts Data Workshop is being held in Nuku’alofa this week where representatives from the Department of Environment under the MInistry of MEIDECC, and related stakeholders are learning from representatives from the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN about this project which aims to identify and restore critical areas where mangroves have been lost, focusing on urban areas of Nuku’alofa. The specific objectives are to conduct the Ecosystem Risk Assessment of Tonga’s Mangrove Ecosystem, develop a monitoring system for Tonga’s mangrove ecosystem and validated at national level, and conduct a regional training on Red-List of Ecosystem.

Hoifua ‘Aholahi from the Department of Environment said this was a good initiative because this is an area that should be addressed immediately to prevent further damage to the ecosystems and to reduce the negative impacts a damaged mangroves ecosystem will have on the country.

This 3-day workshop sees the participants learn the different assessments they should make as well as identifying areas for priority action and to take action as soon as possible.

‘Aholahi says although this is for those in the decision making positions to take action, the public can also contribute by being cautious about their actions that may have a negative impact on the environment such as littering, cutting down mangroves, and polluting the water in the coastal areas.

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