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Government hopes to speed up climate change projects throughout Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 22/03/2017

Climate Change has become a priority agenda for the Government – but all actions must depend on its financial capabilities and aid from donor partners.

Therefore adaptation and mitigation is an important step forward to curb the problems.

CEO of Climate Change under MEIDECC – Paula Ma’u spoke of several projects currently underway.

They include building of a 2 kilometer foreshore in the eastern district.

This is despite the challenge of strong currents which hinders their work.

Other projects include evacuation of Ha’apai’s hospital from the coastal area further inland.

The removal of asbestos from Vava’u’s hospital, construction of foreshores on the western district and other areas including Lifuka in Ha’apai and Vava’u.

He says, currently they’re awaiting about 100 million aid from the Global Climate Fund – GCF to fund the ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION PROJECTS.

The adaptation phase includes construction of foreshores, and reduce risks of being vulnerable to problems of climate change.

The Mitigation projects encompass reliance on fuel as scientists have proved that climate change was caused mainly by the use of fossil fuel on development activities.

It is hoped that by 2020, 50% of electricity throughout Tonga will be generated from renewable energy – such as solar and wind power.

The adaptation project is estimated at TOP$50 million and the mitigation project is to the tune of TOP$70 million.

Wharves and jetties in islands of Ha’apai are also part of this project.

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