Concerns over the impacts of pollution towards living organism in Fanga’uta Lagoon
(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 26/07/2016)
People that live along the coastline of Fanga’uta Lagoon have raised concerns due to the ongoing effects of human actions in the Lagoon.
Tonga Ridge to Reef Project Manager, Ta’hirih Hokafonu said they have noted the concerns during R2R’s outreach programs.
Information from MEIDECC states the concerns raised include the need to enforce the law to restrict illegal dumping of wastes and pollution to the lagoon, unsustainable reclamation activities to be reconsidered due to its effect on the homes along the coastline and the depletion of marine species from the lagoon affecting livelihoods.
This is the purpose of conducting a week workshop on the implementation and planning of a P3-D Model aims to enhance Tonga’s ecosystem services through an integrated approach on land, water and coastal management in managing the environment of Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment area.
“This will build the skills and knowledge of the people to be fully informed of the environment that they are living at and the possible impact already happening or will be happening to the environment they re residing at. The significance of this workshop to the people and to all line ministries and various stakeholders of the program is that it will inform the people about the reality of Fanga’uta and will assist with the decision making program as to develop environmental most appropriate for Fanga’uta’s area as well as its people, and through this skills people are informed of the process and the model itself is a living documents it’s ongoing. It can be revised and build on.”
Due to land issues and no community land available, individual land owners have been approach through the assistance of the Town Officers to participate in the tree planting intervention, and this will be closely monitored during the project life time as well as by the Forestry and Environment Department.
Taking part in this one week workshop are district and town officers.
In partnership with UNDP and financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF) the implementation of the R2R under the Department Environment focus on the Integrated Environmental Management Plan of Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment Area.
© Radio & TV Tonga News 2016