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Tonga commits more than USD$25 million to the development of multi-hazard systems

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 21/08/2017

 

Tonga is committed to developing resilience to extreme weather events brought by Climate Variability.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Meteorology Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni made the statement during the 2nd Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology in Honiara, Solomon Islands last Friday.

 

The commitment is looking at upgrading all its Meteorological Stations throughout the country, the office infrastructure and specialized instrument.

 

Viola Ulakai of Radio Tonga reports from Honiara that Hon. Sovaleni says investments are also going into strengthening early warning and disaster response communication and alert systems.

 

Building the capacity in terms of data management systems and technical capacity of Tonga’s agencies in coordination, and disaster risk financing are also a focus of the investments to build Tonga’s resilience to natural hazard.

 

56//It’s hard to believe that 2-years ago, most of you visited our shores for the inaugural Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology. I believe that meeting set the right platform to develop and strengthen MET Services in the Pacific and resulted in the Nuku’alofa Declaration. The declaration is a working document to highlight challenges to be addressed and priorities to be implemented. But as with most things in life, priorities change, and new challenges appear and I look forward to an update on the Nuku’alofa declaration and also an outcome statement that reflects that.”

 

When passing the leadership of the Ministerial Meeting during their one day gathering to the host country, Hon. Sovaleni says it has been an honour for Tonga to serve this community over the past 2-years.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister has chaired the Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology since their first meeting held in Tonga in 2015.

 

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