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 PM urges people to protect our ocean and seabed minerals

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 03/11/2020

The Prime Minister highlighted the significance of protecting our oceans to secure and sustain our various means of livelihood and seabed minerals.

Rev Dr. Pohiva Tu’ionetoa was addressing a special program hosted by the Tonga Civil Society to mark the beginning of a national consultation on how to preserve maritime resources and seabed minerals mining.

This is the first time the Tonga Civil Society holds a national consultation on minerals mining in Tonga.

The Prime Minister Dr. Pohiva Tu’ionetoa believes in discussing how mining of any minerals should be carried  out and preserving and conserving our marine ecology so we can generate revenue from such undertaking to develop our economy and raised standards of living for our people.

Dr. Tu’ionetoa said government has approved about 30percent of Tonga’s waters as Special Management Areas (SMAs) not only to promote food security for the whole population but to conserve seabed resources for generations to come.

Meanwhile, the Director of Tonga Civil Society – Keasi Pongi says, the aim of the public consultation is to ensure the nation’s preparedness and resilient capabilities in meeting challenges any seabed mining operation will bring to Tonga, taking into consideration adverse impacts of mining will have on our marine ecology.

The sea-bed minerals ACTS 2014 governs activities and operations on our ocean for sea lives and sea-bed mining.

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